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Changing Careers in a Crisis
We can’t really ignore the ominous headlines these days warning us about a failing economy, Wall Street woes and rising prices in the retail sector. For this generation of working folks, leaving a secure job, especially one with benefits, probably seems crazy. But career changes happen everyday no matter what the economy looks like.
There's one lawyer who became a gallery owner, a teacher-turned-performer and a salesman who decided he'd rather be a physical education coach. These are a few real-life career changes made by people wanting to pursue their dreams, no matter how difficult and risky. Interestingly, it’s the bad economy that is causing many to rethink their current job path and revisit old dreams and passions. Laura Berman Fortgang, a life coach, says, “People are realizing that they might be working for a long time, so they might as well find something that they like.”
Fortgang suggests scrutinizing your present-day job and how you feel about it, and then writing out your “life story” if you’re unable to come up with a new career plan right off the bat. If you’re unsure about the feasibility of something new, “audition” for it, meaning, get a part-time job or volunteer in a different sector and see how it goes.
Are you considering a career change or have you recently made one? [USA Today]