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Is It The Right Time For A Career Move?

These uncertain times can take us on a completely new journey. It might jolt us into a time of reflection into looking at where we are and what matters most. Is this current season of COVID-19 the right time to reassess where we are in our careers?

Certainly this time of uncertainty has caught us off guard and wondering if we will have a job tomorrow. For some, it has meant loss of employment, for others cut hours and furlough. What does this time mean for you?

There seems to be a craving for looking beyond the uncertainty and to begin to hope for a better tomorrow. What lies beyond the horizon? Is this the right time for a career move? Exploration is always a part of the journey, as uncomfortable as it may be. Through the journey, however, we might discover something wonderful. You won't know, unless you are open to the possibilities.

Don't be left wondering? Don't hold onto the "what ifs." Make today the day you discover a better path. That path that is less traveled. Realistically, what do you have to lose?

Jump into the dream zone of the "what could be" possibilities. You never know what is beyond the waves, unless you swim to the other side. You have to be willing to breath underwater, hold your breath, and come up on the sunny shore.

What are the questions burning inside of you? Who do you want to become? Grab that piece of paper and brainstorm. What did you want to be when you were a child? Dream about your future and embrace the journey.

Take this time to ask the tough questions and explore your dreams.

  • What is it about your current job or past jobs that makes you come alive and why?

  • What are you holding onto and what is keeping you from moving forward?

  • What do you need to let go to get you to where you want to be in your career?

Today is the day to refocus and delineate your career goals.

  • What are the practical questions you need to answer?

  • What do you envision yourself doing?

  • Where do you see yourself in your ideal job setting.

  • What action are you taking during this interruption to your regular itinerary?

  • Are you cultivating new knowledge and skills?

  • Are you considering what your strengths are and where you can best contribute?

Making a career move involves taking a step back and considering the necessary steps needed to get you on the right track. It's important to ask the "why" questions to get clear on where you are headed.

  • Consider why you are looking for a change?

  • What about your current or past jobs and volunteer opportunities bring you meaning and purpose and why?

  • Are you feeling stuck, and if so why?

  • What is it about your current job that is draining you and moving you to change, and why?

If you can't answer some of these questions, take time to learn about yourself and your likes and dislikes, such as through assessments, and/or with the assistance of a career coach who can help you dig into these questions and design your career destination. Now is an opportune time to polish your resume and start applying for the jobs that are a good fit for your skills, background, and level of experience.

Once you reflect on the current "why," consider what is most important to you in your next career. These times, such as the one we find ourselves in, could be the perfect time to re-invent yourself and your career. Dream big and search for all the things that make you want to get up in the morning and do the job with enthusiasm, excitement, and with passion.

Today is the day to think creatively about your future, dream your tomorrow, and propel forward. "May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed." Psalm 20:4

Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Dr. Seuss


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