Midlife Career Strategy: 3 Tips To Manage Your Career Transition (And Avoid A Crisis)


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Mid-life career planning includes paying attention to unexpected events. A career crisis typically is associated with career transition. Career transition meas something has changed - a career change, relocation, job loss, layoff, need to start a job search or more. This video shows 3 ways to manage your crisis, brought to you by Cathy Goodwin, a career consultant at http://www.MidlifeCareerStrategy.com

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Midlife Career Strategy: 3 Tips To Manage Your Career Transition (And Avoid A Crisis)

  1. 1. "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
  2. 2. “What IS A Career Crisis?” Happens fast Requires a reaction or response Come to a crossroads Can’t go straight Chart a new course
  3. 3. “A crisis is not …” A transition (which can take months or years) An option to remain where you are You don’t feel the same anymore Others perceive you differently
  4. 4. “Examples Of A Career Crisis” Losing a job New boss Family change that affects career Your own shift Promotion Acceptance to a program Graduation from a program
  5. 5. “Hard to recognize” You are too close You’ve never had this happen before You’re hoping it will go away
  6. 6. “Step 1: Mindset” Stay calm Recognize your own emotion code Avoid long-term commitments Recognize context Not always your fault or their fault May be part of a larger pattern
  7. 7. “Step 2: Identify Assets” How will you be prepared? Funds Energy and Health Support System Knowledge and Skills Experience (“Been here before”
  8. 8. “Step 3: Line up support” Avoid relying 100% on family and close friends Resist any paid resource who promises fast outcomes “resume blasters”
  9. 9. “Step 4: Take small actions” One step … then evaluate. Then take another step. Avoid NO action BIG action
  10. 10. “Step 5: Be Proactive” Know a crisis is coming? Party example Networking example from a reporter Get information from knowledgeable sources Asking for info at work may come across as needy Look for objective facts Get advice from objective sources (usually paid)
  11. 11. “Can you prevent a crisis?” - You can reduce risk of negative outcomes have a Plan B in place create an “objectivity plan”
  12. 12. “Prevention Step #1: Develop Your Radar” Stay alert to small (and big) changes performance reviews management profits Set up Google Alerts for your company, industry and key people Develop your intuition not woo-woo learn your intuitive code pay attention to feelings recognize influence of context sales pitches (not always from marketers!) social pressure
  13. 13. “Prevention Step 2: Plan B” Build financial reserves An honest financial planner can help Keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up to date Develop your network and support system Keep building skills and credentials
  14. 14. “Build your foundation on you, not your career.” Genuine interests and activities NOT television or Facebook probably not reading Grow and change outside your work life Focus on fitness and energy levels Do something fun every day - Good moods lead to better decisions. Some people work with a gratitude journal or practice.
  15. 15. Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D. http://www.MidlifeCareerStrategy.com http://www.MidlifeCareerStrategy.com/services.html