Transcript of "Midlife Career Change: 5 Tips To Manage A Career Crisis "
"5 Ways To Manage Your Next Career Crisis(and 3 Tips To Avoid Your Next One)”By Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.http://www.MidlifeCareerStrategy.com
“What IS A Career Crisis?”Happens fastRequires a reaction or responseCome to a crossroadsCan’t go straightChart a new course
“A crisis is not …”A transition (which can take months oryears)An option to remain where you areYou don’t feel the same anymoreOthers perceive you differently
“Examples Of ACareer Crisis”Losing a jobNew bossFamily change that affects careerYour own shiftPromotionAcceptance to a programGraduation from a program
“Hard to recognize”You are too closeYou’ve never had this happen beforeYou’re hoping it will go away
“Step 1: Mindset”Stay calmRecognize your own emotion codeAvoid long-term commitmentsRecognize contextNot always your fault or their faultMay be part of a larger pattern
“Step 2: Identify Assets”How will you be prepared?FundsEnergy and HealthSupport SystemKnowledge and SkillsExperience (“Been here before”
“Step 3: Line up support”Avoid relying 100% on family and closefriendsResist any paid resource who promises fastoutcomes“resume blasters”
“Step 4: Take small actions”One step … then evaluate.Then take another step.AvoidNO actionBIG action
“Step 5: Be Proactive”Know a crisis is coming?Party exampleNetworking example from a reporterGet information from knowledgeable sourcesAsking for info at work may come across as needyLook for objective factsGet advice from objective sources (usually paid)
“Can you prevent a crisis?”- You canreduce risk of negative outcomeshave a Plan B in placecreate an “objectivity plan”
“Prevention Step #1:Develop Your Radar”Stay alert to small (and big) changesperformance reviewsmanagementprofitsSet up Google Alerts for your company, industry and key peopleDevelop your intuitionnot woo-woolearn your intuitive codepay attention to feelingsrecognize influence of contextsales pitches (not always from marketers!)social pressure
“Prevention Step 2: Plan B”Build financial reservesAn honest financial planner can helpKeep your resume and LinkedIn profile up to dateDevelop your network and support systemKeep building skills and credentials
“Build your foundation onyou, not your career.”Genuine interests and activitiesNOT television or Facebookprobably not readingGrow and change outside your work lifeFocus on fitness and energy levelsDo something fun every day- Good moods lead to better decisions.Some people work with a gratitude journal or practice.