Since Career Counseling Connecticut became a full grown company, the number of clients who start the meeting by noting that the “should have been here a long time ago” seems to have grown. Perhaps due to scars of the 2008 recession, many people have clung to jobs and career paths even through sizable unhappiness.
I pause to note that I’m all for practicality. Indeed, one of the more common compliments I get from those who worked with other career counselors prior to finding me is that they actually had a concrete, realistic action plan as opposed to airy fairy follow your bliss advice. I will not advise anyone to do something that would have a high probability of creating financial peril. My years as an attorney (law is a risk adverse profession), my observation of impractical fools chasing make-believe careers, and my own life experience as the primary breadwinner of a family of five make me highly focused on providing guidance that will lead my clients to careers that are economically feasible. But… I am simultaneously focused on finding careers that lead to happiness.
If 2015 was supposed to be the year for a career change, don’t curse the fact that it didn’t happen. Focus on 2016 – your year of career change.