Dear Career Doctor:
I'm feeling like I'm at a career crossroad, and am wondering
what to do about it! I am 32 and have been working at a
computer company for 5 years. I'm not getting younger, I'm
not in love with my job, and yet I work all of the time!
I think I need to revisit and reset my priorities.... In
other words, I don't want to wake up 5 years from now, in
the same position.
So, let me know if you
have any ideas on how I might best move forward.
One of my favorite
questions to ask people is, "If there were no limits
on you -- if you didn't have to worry about what your parents
or love would say, if you didn't have to worry whether the
job would pay enough or whether you were properly trained,
etc. etc. etc....if you weren't worried about sounding unrealistic
or crazy, what would you do and how would you live?
I've been asking
this question for years. Usually people tell me things they
think are impossible to achieve, but when we really look
at their aspirations, usually we can figure out a way to
achieve the dream. Even when I am told things are impossible,
we can usually get them somewhat close to their dream job,
or at least get them some of their dream benefits they want
and are missing.
So, I would advise
you to start by writing down the first thing that comes
into your head when you think, "If there were no limits
on me, what would I do and how would I live?" Then
take that answer seriously and figure out what you have
to do to get as close as you can to doing just that.
The Career Doctor