“I’m stuck.” Paul, a 25-year-old insurance analyst in New Haven, Connecticut, called to say that he had no idea what to do next. “I graduated with a degree in business. I have a decent job. But I’m not happy and I can see that I probably won’t be that successful in this business either. The problem is I don’t know what to do and I’m spinning my wheels trying to figure it out.”
Most of our clients leave our career counseling sessions saying that they should have come here a lot earlier becuase they wouldn’t have suffered so much. They’re suffering almost always stemmed from feeling stuck.
That stuck feeling is one that I can relate to vividly. Having branded myself as a would be attorney at the age of 10, I forged my path ahead through law school and several legal jobs until the point where I realized I no longer wanted to practice law. I felt stuck. 20 plus years of identifying with a particular profession creates that feeling. I never really considered anything else. I figured out how to get unstuck and remember thinking, even way back then, that I would help others do the same.
Taking people out of their mind traps and showing them how to move forward to happier and more successful careers has become the most satisfying part of my work day.