Have you been laid off, terminated, or otherwise squeezed out of your long-time job? The economic downturn in 2008 initiated a wave of layoffs unseen in many decades leaving many people left with no discernable way to either recapture their former lives or foresee a viable path to move forward. Other workers, not affected by the downturn, still face questions of reinvention as we age and realign our needs and desires from work.
In the following article by Brad Waters, we learn some good ways to think about reinventing ourselves and our careers that are very practical, well-considered, and pragmatic. I never advise an HSP to quit or leave a position without already having another position first. The reason for this is the clock starts ticking as soon as you quit your position with regard to income. Keep the position and continue searching and you still have the income stream. Making matters incalculably worse by quitting will only exacerbate the stresses and anxiety you’re already feeling. There is a term in the military called “embracing the suck” which basically means we acknowledge the situation and circumstances may be sub par but choose to ignore how we feel about it and focus on our responsibilities instead. In this case, we focus on fulfilling the requirements of the current position while seriously looking for another position.
Waters here provides us with the perspective of Randy Wooden, the director of Goodwill Industries of Northwest Carolina’s Professional Center. As we all contemplate the end of 2016 and begin considering strategies for 2017 we can learn from the tips in this article.
Dr. Tracy Cooper-