A Career Do-Over

A Career Do-Over

A Career Do-Over

One of John Lennon’s most famous songs is entitled Just Like Starting Over. It’s a love poem, but I think it holds a powerful lesson for many of us in the world of work, as well. The song begins with the soft ringing of a bell and then Lennon makes this simple declaration: “We have grown. We have grown.”

It’s a wonderful way to look at what is often viewed as a setback in our careers. Having to start over seems to imply that we have wasted everything that has gone before. The lessons we have learned, the character we have developed, the wisdom we have gained are somehow diminished because our careers have taken a new track. That’s especially true if the departure is sudden and unexpected as has been the case for so many Americans recently.

Now, I’m very respectful of how upsetting such situations can be. Most of us don’t like change, and nobody likes change that is forced on them. That said, I don’t think that starting over is all that bad IF we remember that “We have grown. We have grown.” That fact of life doesn’t diminish the negative side of starting over, but it does add a strong positive side to the experience. In fact, I think anyone with any time at all in the workplace would be well served to see such a transition as a “career do-over”-a chance to tap into four genuine advantages that come from having grown even just a bit.

What are those four advantages? Here’s my list:

Advantage #1: You’re smarter than you were.

Being forced to start over means that you get to pick a career field using all of the insight and knowledge you’ve gained in the past. Unlike your first career decisions-which was probably made when you were all of 20 or 21-you actually know something about how the world works. You’re a little older and, hopefully, a lot wiser. Your choice, therefore, is apt to be more rationally determined and better suited to what you can do and do best.

Advantage #2: You get to put your mistakes behind you.

You’ve undoubtedly made mistakes along the way in your career-as we see on the evening news every night, even the most successful among us make errors in judgment-and those mistakes can degrade your career opportunities and momentum. Being forced to start over wipes the slate clean and gives you a chance to embark on a new occupation without all of that baggage. Basically, you get to learn from your miscalculations without having to deal with the consequences.

Advantage #3: You are able to reach for what was once unreachable.

Lots of us get into ruts-occupations or roles that no longer interest or challenge us as they once may have-but more often than not, we just put our heads down and press on. Our responsibilities and needs trump our innate inclination to correct a situation or improve our lot. Being forced to start over, however, removes those (self-imposed) constraints. You now have the freedom to re-image yourself in a new and more interesting career and the opportunity to feel the excitement of discovering what that occupation might be.

Advantage #4: You get to prove yourself to yourself.

Being forced to start over is often confused with failure. That’s a backwards way of looking at the situation, for if you look at it from any other perspective, what you’ll see is a new beginning. A precious opportunity to prove to yourself that you still have what it takes to succeed. Picking yourself up and pushing on makes a powerful statement about your character. It demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that you have the right stuff-the courage and determination to survive and, better than that, prosper in even the toughest of times.

Almost nobody likes to start over, but doing so need not be a horrible and demeaning experience. In fact, it can be a profoundly positive turn of events, especially if we remember the wise words of John Lennon. “We have grown. We have grown.” And that growth gives us an enormous edge; it gives us resilience and hope.

Thanks for reading,

Peter

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    EmploymentGuide.com

    ExecuNet

    GetTheJob.com

    GOJobs

    Hcareers

    HealthCareerWeb.com

    HEALTHeCAREERS

    Indeed

    Job.com

    JobCircle.com

    JobFox.com

    Jobing.com

    TheLadders.com

    Monster.com

    Net-Temps

    SimplyHired

    6FigureJobs

    SnagAJob.com

    TopUSAJobs

    Vault

    VetJobs

    Yahoo! HotJobs

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    News Item #4

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    Section Three: Site Profiles

    Site Spotlite … from the pages of WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guides and Directories

    There are 50,000 job boards now in operation in North America and an equal number operating elsewhere around the world. The key to a successful online job search, therefore, is knowing where to find and how to select the best sites for your specific employment objective. WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide identifies 350 of the top sites worldwide and provides the information you need to determine which job boards will deliver the best opportunities for you. For example:

    Jobing

    http://www.jobing.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: Yes-All

    Distribution of jobs: Regional-USA: AZ, CA, CO, FL, NM, NV, RI, TX

    Number of jobs: 12,000

    Salary levels of jobs: Not Reported

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: 1 year

    Restrictions on who can post: If registered

    Other services for job seekers: Assessment instruments, Career information, Links to other sites with career information

    Member, International Association of Employment Web Sites: Yes

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    Designed specifically for the challenging workplace of the 21st Century:

    Work Strong not only tells you what to do for career success, but when, where and how to do it.

  • Career Fitness includes both a revolutionary philosophy of work and a regimen of daily, weekly and monthly activities that empower you to apply that philosophy to your career.
  • Using physical fitness as a metaphor, it introduces an approach to career self-management that is appropriate for everyone from senior executives and seasoned professionals to recent graduates and those who are reentering the workforce after an extended absence.
  • Work Strong helps you tap both sides of your brain in learning how to build a healthy career.

  • It encourages you to use your reasoning ability on the left side of your brain by presenting all of the information you need to Work Strong in your career. That’s The Career Fitness System
  • It also encourages you to use your creative ability on the right side of your brain by presenting a fictional account of what it would be like to Work Strong. That’s The Diary of a Career Activist.
  • In today’s world of work, you have only two choices: you can be the master of your career or you can be its victim. Get the tools you need to take charge of the one-third or more of your life you spend at work. Get Work Strong today! You’ll increase the paycheck and the satisfaction you bring home from work!

    But don’t forget about others. Get Work Strong for yourself and for your spouse, your sons or daughters and even for your mother and father. Everyone deserves to Work Strong. To place your order, call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 or click here. Don’t delay. Get Work Strong right away!