Career Decisions in Uncertain Times Amy Crawford
With state of our security and economic times cracking beneath our feet, what are Americans thinking about their current career positions? Torn between building job security in a low-risk environment and pursuing a career that adds to their quality of life, will Americans be sure about which way to jump if bottom falls out?
Since terrorist attacks, career choices have been challenged in a few ways. “Being a career makeover coach,” says Shana Spooner, www.shanaspooner.com, “I’m finding two things – either people are keeping their heads down and hoping not to be laid off or they are re-thinking their career choices to do something more meaningful.” The full impact of terrorist attacks and slowing economy will not be know for some time, but many travel-related fields are sure to be affected along with most tourism industries. Regardless, this attack has Americans thinking about their job security. Those who are laid off are forcefully given choice to get back to work doing something they view secure, or they can take this opportunity to get started doing something that holds more meaning.
Those who choose to stay with a less fulfilling job, for security, may take it over risking their financial stability. “For some, security is becoming more important and people are deciding not to make any changes at this time,” says Sandy Kaiser a life coach for McNeill Group in Dallas, Texas. On other hand, Rachelle Disbennett-Lee of www.coachlee.com says, “My clients on east coast are having a more difficult time with career decisions than my clients on west.” She expects, that now, fewer people in east are willing to give up who they are for their job.
Michael Stratford, a life coach for Center for Creative Development in Norwood, PA believes, “Some people now fear a high-profile career will put them in an unsafe location.” He says, “Many people seem to be re-visiting their values and what’s truly important to them. This tragedy has been a wakeup call in so many ways.”
Many coaches did say, that for those planning a career change either willingly or unwillingly, should not rush decision. Maria Marsala, a life coach at www.coachmaria.com, says, “Emotions are very high. It is best to make changes based on values and needs and not on an emotional whim.”
For those struggling with their career path, here is a list of things to remember:
1.Make a list of your likes and dislikes for every job you’ve held. 2.Write down your first memories of doing something you found really fun, and be sure to look for forgotten interests. 3.Ask others what they think you are good at to determine interest in a field you may have been unaware of. 4.Write down qualities you like in others and look for those qualities in your next employer. 5.Make a list of things that are most important to you and be sure that your next career fits into those needs.