What Happened to My Career?
It doesn't matter what career you had chosen or perhaps wandered into (as many did) for the last 20 or 30 years of your professional life.
The world has shifted off it axis. Is the planet Earth no longer rotating at precisely the same rate or angle it did 10 or 15 years ago. Maybe this is only all part of Global Warming. Or does it just FEEL different. You were at the top of your professional game as a Banker, Automotive production worker, Electronics Manufacturing manager, Insurance agent, Real Estate agent, Airline Pilot, Home Depot electrical sales person or an HVAC contractor. You had Money, Prestige and Job Satisfaction. But its not that way RIGHT NOW.
7 YNOE ("You're Never Old Enough") Signals That a Career Transition is Imminent.
Has some or all of these 7 YNOE signals been rattling around in your head or perhaps quietly uttered by your co-workers:
- My work Feels meaningless.
- Our Industry is done.
- It is only a matter of time before my job no longer exists.
- I am working harder making less.
- Remember when we used to have FUN at work
- Auto pilot no longer works here.
- There is no career future here.
So as we (you and me ) ponder the harsh facts. No need to repeat what the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been telling us. Its simple that 1 in 5 of us is not meaningfully employed. That's 45 million or so people.
Learn From those who have made a Career Transition:
You might want to drift for a moment from denial to reality.
Just for a moment. A brief moment let yourself Dare to Day dream in a world in which the chant that Career Transition Adviser Bobby Edelman shouts: "You're Never Old Enough :)". What does this mantra mean to all of us oldies, aka over 40 skilled workers?
Because those who continue to make and remake themselves seem to have eliminated age as a barrier. It is about gaining knowledge, experience, networks of resources, drive and passion.
How many times do we see older workers successfully remaking themselves in a new image and role. Its not about eliminated the past success and failures. It is about building on the skills and experience of the past. Sometimes with horrible short term failures but raising up to new sense of PURPOSE.
Successful Career Transitions.
- The Who:Woodstock 1969 = Superbowl 2010
- Jimmy Carter: President 1981 = 2010 Habit for Humanity (Largest single home builder in Africa)
- Bill Gates:Windows 1981= 2010 Saving Millions in undeveloped countries From Disease/Death
- The Who had their key musician die (including Kieth Moon) and album failures as music audience tastes change.
- Jimmy Carter has been considered one of the most ineffective presidents by Historians- Need I speak the words:Iran hostage 444 day crisis.
- Bill Gates- lets just say he missed the mark on the Internet search business and social media buz (every hear of Google, Facebook and Linkedin).
The difference now is that YNOE: "You're Never Old Enough"