Connecticut career paths should lead to happy lifestyles

John, one of my friends from law school, lives in Fairfield, CT and commutes to New York City.  We were at a reunion recently and one of our classmates asked about his work day.  “Now, it’s great. I get in around 9 and leave around 6.”  I didn’t think less of John for answering this way.  He was in a group of high powered lawyers who seem to compete on every front.  The questioner was one of our competitive classmates who had just finished telling us about his four day work weeks (he runs an investment fund) and presumably was trying to one-up John.  But I know John was just puffing his chest about his lifestyle since earlier in the day he was telling me about the grind of commuting over an hour each way to his job.  7:45 am to 7:15 pm was really a light day and 7:30 am to 8 pm was more normal.  True, this was better than his younger days when he 7:00 am to 9 pm – and some overnights – was common but still,…

25 years of working in this fashion is a lot of life.  The great part of living in Connecticut is access to the ocean and nature, along with wonderful suburban towns.  I’m sure there are readers who will gripe about the lifestyle of those living in Connecticut but I grew up outside New York and lived in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.  I know with certainty that most everyone living along coastal Connecticut towns has an idyllic setting to create a wonderful lifestyle.

But I also know from running Career Counseling Connecticut that not everyone does.   The main reason is that they are trapped in careers like my friend John.  It doesn’t have to be so.  If you live in Connecticut, you are closer to living an ideal life than you may think.  Contact us to find how you make your career work into a happy healthy lifestyle.