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Ask The Experts


Finding the right career path

Question:

I am 45-years-old and I work as an operations executive for a medium-sized company. This is my second job in my entire career life.

Somehow I do not have the guts to move out to seek greener pastures. I toil and work obediently without much fuss or expectations.

This explains why I am still around after 20 years! However, my mindset is beginning to change of late. I am getting tired of this work and for some reason my mind has fast forwarded to the day when I will retire fully.

So I am counting my days, but this will be in 10 years’ time, which is still a long way to go. I know it is a laid back feeling and it is not good for me nor my employer. How do I handle this state of mind?

Answer:

It is great that you are aware of needing to do something, rather than sitting around for another 10 years before you finally pack up and leave.

After all, there is no guarantee that you will be happy after 10 years, as this long waiting process may take its toll on you in many ways. You are right about needing to do something now.

To begin, it is essential to understand that no one else but yourself is able to set your future plan right, be it leaving your job, transferring to another department, leaving for another job, or even doing something on your own.

The first step on your part is to make a quick change in self-belief about who you are and what you are capable of doing with your life.

There is no harm in approaching your boss about how you feel and discussing your plans and woes too. You may be pleasantly surprised that a heart to heart talk may reveal a brighter side of your boss than what you currently expect from him.

But in the event it does not go well, do not second guess about what to do next, as it is evident that you have to make a move now.

With strong self-belief and a network of support from close and optimistic friends and family, you should be able to get well on your way to something better. All the best to you!

Powerful Questions You Can Ask Yourself:

• If you could never fail at anything, what would you want out of your life?

• What are the special qualities in you that will help you make a positive difference?

• Who is the biggest beneficiary or loser in a time like this?

• What are you committed to do to change your circumstances?

Article by Dr Michael Heah, an ICF Master Certified Coach with www.corporate-coachacademy.com

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