Archive for March, 2010

Unprecedented Career Paths

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Unprecedented.  Many Americans are experiencing something that is unparalleled in our history.  This kind of ‘time’ has not happened before.  With our economic collapse and the soaring unemployment rate, there are a high number of individuals who will not receive the kind of ‘job’ they had before.  Most likely it was a high-paying job in a professional or executive position.  Other levels of positions are non-existent for now, also.

If this has happened to you or someone close to you, then the seeds of soul-searching, (career-ly speaking) should have been planted.   What is meant by that?  If a life or a career ‘as it was known’ has been turned upside-down, then we need to change directions, think outside the box, or delve deeper into ourselves to find out what we really want to do in our lives.  It’s not unlike someone who has lost a spouse or a loved one in death and his/ her life has changed.  Some say “life will never be the same” or “the best years of my life are behind me”.

Now, it certainly may be true that life won’t be the same, but the challenge is to not assume that the best years of your life are behind you.  They very well could be standing before you.   A grieving process takes place when you lose your career as it does when someone close to you dies, especially if you had been at that job for many years, or you really identified with that career.  It became a part of you.  Change is a part of life and the more resilient we can become, the better.  Adversity should build character.  It should not harbor bitterness, as nothing good will become of that.  Most likely, one becomes more compassionate toward other people and more understanding of the human condition.

SO:   if you are someone who has their job and life hasn’t changed that much, I challenge you to show support for someone who has been affected by this unprecedented time and help them in any way that you can.  Ask them where they need support.  Give them hope.  And if you are already doing that, thank you!

More mid-life and baby boomers than any other age segment have felt the shift (it may feel like a seismic quake).  Wasn’t it Harry Truman who said “If your neighbor loses his job, it’s a recession.  If you lose your job, it’s a depression.”  Perhaps this unprecedented time is a wake-up call for all of us Americans.  If each of us can find his or her vocation … that calling to do what we were put on this earth to do, career-ly speaking … then greed and envy could begin to fall away.   Looking at the bottom line in a company without any regard for the employees’ lives could turn into a more balanced and team approach into improving the bottom line.   And our world may eventually become more whole and America-the-beautiful-like, again.

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