Career change: Finding the road ahead

When considering a career change, either by necessity or by choice, we might feel unsure about how to proceed. Sometimes we do not really know what we would really like to do next.

In short, we cannot see the road ahead.

Transitions

In fact, any type of transition, whether it is at work or one’s own life, involves a period of disorientation or confusion. The whole transition process, as first described by anthropologists like Van Gennep, include 3 stages:

Leaving the old behind

In this stage, we feel increasingly unhappy about our lives or see that we need to make a change. For example, we might be thinking of quitting our job, or moving to another country. From a psychological point of view, we no longer feel emotionally involved in our current lives and might feel tired or depressed.

2 Liminality: Being in-between

The second stage is an “in-between” phase, during which we let go of the past without really knowing yet what the future holds. This might feel uncomfortable or frustrating.

3 A new beginning

The final stage of a transition begins as we gain more clarity in our purpose and have been able to find a new direction in our life. We feel renewed energy and enthusiasm to move forwards.

Finding the way ahead

If you are feeling confused or disoriented after having left the old behind, and don’t really know how to move ahead, the best thing to do then is to accept where you are and simply notice in which direction your life energy is flowing.

Here are a few reflection questions:

What do I enjoy doing, what gives me joy and energy?

What do I dream of?

Which books, journal articles, radio programs hold my attention?

Which new course (at work) or hobby would you like to start this coming year?

Which people do you enjoy being with?

What gives meaning to my life?

Remember that you do not need to reach immediate conclusions. Too often people cut off new possibilities by thinking: “Oh but I’ll never be able to make a living out of this”. But by following new interests, you might be able to either take your career in a new direction or integrate new aspects into your current work.

The Gifts Compass: To navigate life better using jungian types

Understanding jungian types : A compass to navigate life beter

The Gifts Compass Inventory (GCI) is a personality typology profile which was recently developed in the United State. It is based on C.G. Jung’s model of psychological types. It gives a clear and nuanced image of a person’s temperament (introversion or extraversion) and preferred orientation (thinking, feeling, sensing or intuition).

This online test helps us gain a better self-awareness through understanding of our greatest assets and development areas. After having taken the test, we can debrief it with a trained advisor. This conversation has been life changing for many people, who have felt that aspects of their life and personality “fell into place”.

For more information about this test you can contact me or check out their website:

www.giftscompass.com

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midlife

Midlife

During certain phases in life, particularly when reaching maturity, some people  look for a new meaning in their lives.

This might be part of a major life transition like in midlife, or as a result of difficulties . Then comes the need to reassess the goals we had set for ourselves in life. “What do I really want out of my life?” might be a recurring question.

“ Midlife is a time to look back and a time to look ahead, a time to ask how are things going and what is left to do” (Lachman)

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