Monday, April 7th, 2014

Time to get your new career on the move?

 

You’ve probably held it said that endings herald new beginnings. Many of us if we are forced to confess will admit that unless we got an encouraging, or more often what seems to be a discouraging, nudge we never would have been brave enough to make a change for the better. I received this message from a lady I once did a colour analysis for several years ago. Happily we got rid off all her horrid and ageing blacks and glammed up with all the gorgeous colours of autumn that this beautiful red head suited.

 

Although at the time I wasn’t doing any career coaching with her I recall she was interested in one day working as an editor. Perhaps it was my intuition guiding me, but whatever it was when I emailed her several weeks ago to ask if she would like to help edit some of my writing the timing could not have been more perfect.

 

At the time of my request she was already in full-time employment and promised to do my editing in her spare time. But, as you’ll see below the whole thing has become what I call an amazing GO-incidence – spearheading her quickly into a new and rewarding career. As you’ll see, ‘When you focus on your passions and move towards your desire, life rallies to support your success’.

 

 

From Career Loss to Career Gain – Lee’s story*

 

‘It’s easy to sit in a comfortable environment and think, one day I’ll take that step. This forces your hand and away you must go. I am beginning a new chapter and I certainly intend it to be all about being Happy At Work and changing things out in the mid and beyond time of life : ) Curiouser and curiouser…”

“How is this for strange coincidence,” Lee wrote to me “~ the week following letting you know about proofreading your work, there was an odd meeting at my place of work whereby one of the new company directors quit his role. (History, small NZ business bought by Australians amalgamating boutique multi-media agencies late last year. Our company was in a bit of financial trouble due to changing media climate.)

The following week, remaining the director arrived into office and explained that they were quitting any association with previous major client and sacked our previous GM (highly dramatic, change of locks and security guards on premises). Found out since, bills not have not been paid this year. The week after, new company fails to pay our month of March wages and will not go to mediation about this. Under advice, we all walked away and will potentially have to wait for liquidator to sort out unpaid wages.

Outcome, of course, now unemployed and seeking new job. Timing could not have been more perfect to proofread your work. It is being very helpful for me. I will seek new paid employment in the near future, but I will pursue the goal of my own business to become mistress of my own destiny. (My last employment was terminated by other Australians seeking to reduce cost of labour, roles outsourced to India that time.)

The great thing about this is the potential created. It’s easy to sit in a comfortable environment and think, one day I’ll take that step. This forces your hand and away you must go. I am beginning a new chapter and I certainly intend it to be all about being Happy At Work and changing things out in the mid and beyond time of life : ) Curiouser and curiouser…

All I can say is how beastly her work situation sounds – and to not be paid on top is horrid. But I love and admire her attitude. I’m a firm believer that such ‘tests’ are go-incidences…pointing us in new directions. It’s all a matter of choice. Choice in how we felt we think and feel, and choice in how we react. A positive mindset and well thought out strategic plan with lashings of passion is a strong predictor of success.

Right now Lee is busy working on her business and marketing plan, revising her website and building up her social media profile and networks to build awareness of her new business. I for one will happily be a referee and provide testimonials for the excellent work Lee has done editing my eBook’s and Happy At Work For Mid-lifers book ( currently out of print pending a new edition).

Some of the many things that bodes well for Lee’s new venture is her passion for editing – her love and deep enjoyment of getting things right. Lee has recently up-skilled in this area and completed a diploma in editing and she is also taking the time to get things right before launching her new career. She’s benefiting from some external, objective, and professional coaching – I’m doing some business coaching with Lee to help her prepare for the not-too-far-away day when she launches her editing business.

But best off all, like so many mid-lifers, she is looking forward to no longer being at the whim of fickle employers but to being mistress of  her own destiny.

Take the breaks off your career this winter and plan a change for the better.

* Name changed to protected privacy

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