“This is so strange. I feel like I’ve changed my career vision more in this 1 hour than I have in the last 5 years.” Lauren said as she was leaving. Lauren had been stuck in a sales-customer service role for a large company of which she had passion for neither the products nor the company.
In her early thirties, Lauren had moved from New York to Connecticut with great expectations that she could create a happier life than those she saw who lived in the New York suburbs. She had succeeded in her home life. She and her boyfriend lived close enough to Connecticut’s idyllic coastline that going to the beach for nightly walks was common and she loved the close-knit communities that she had formed in her triathlon club and in her small Connecticut town.
Lauren did not want to sound ungrateful. Connecticut is wonderful but her career was not working out and she finally decided to come for career counseling. She said “finally” because she had been skeptical – “I’m a New Yorker. I think everything is BS” – she said laughingly.
Fortunately, one of her friends had come to Career Counseling Connecticut and convinced her that we were different. The process forced her to think about her career. She had been on autopilot for the last few years. “Just your career questionnaire shifted me.” she said. Our interview led to a rapid-fire give and take that led her to “think excitedly about work for the first time in as long as I can remember.”
You won’t change your career without a process. Either put one in place for yourself or get expert help to do so.