I was reviewing some older posts that dealt with the aftermath of The Great Recession. I found this story:
“I guess I thought something would change.” Denise said. She took a job in 2008 at a hotel in Mystic, Connecticut. She was just happy to have a job as the country was entering into the teeth of the Great Recession. Having graduated from Eastern Connecticut with a business major, she thought working at a front desk of a hotel was close enough. She didn’t realize how much she would dislike the irregular hours which involved nights 2-3x per week and hotel customers who tend to interact with staff only when they are complaining about something. Soon – as in before 2009 – she grew bored and frustrated. But, she didn’t do anything to take control of her career. We met in 2016.
I then discussed what seems to be an all too-common reality: no career planning even with an ill-suited job because (1) the job still pays the bills (2) the process of considering a career change is overwhelming and (3) our K-12 programming which makes us think – subconsciously – that change happens automatically.
Regarding routine and why she didn’t attempt to change, Denise commented:
“I guess I just got into a routine and… like I said, I thought something else would come up.”
We are conditioned by our school system. Change occurs automatically every year. K-12 and then 4 more years of college. ”Something” does come up because we automatically go to a different grade each year.
Careers don’t work this way. Denise was doing the same job that she did 8 years ago. Even worse, she had unwittingly branded herself as a front desk worker at a hotel. Who would hire her? Different hotels. For what? Front desk work. Maybe she could shift to front desk management or some other hotel management. Otherwise, she had to reinvent herself which is the work that we began doing together.
Strangely enough, the pandemic may give you a gift: You can plan. And, if you are feeling overwhelmed, Career Counseling Connecticut can help.
Take control of your career.