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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Love What You Do; Do What You Love
All is not lost. It’s not too late for a do-over. With the sudden ‘liberation’ from a staid career track, many unemployed people, while recovering from the shock of losing their job, are now finding that ‘breathing room’ to tentatively branch out and rekindle those long-dormant interests that gave them spark and inspiration.
Often termed ‘encore careers,’ the second incarnation of one’s working life often combines a person’s transferrable skill sets into something that a job seeker likes to do. Have a passion for a particular cause and have an accounting / finance background? Why not investigate non-profits that have a mission that fits your passion who need to hire finance officers? Are you a sales dynamo but have a ken for animals? Maybe a new career in marketing / promotions with a veterinary practice might be the right fit.
Making lemonade out of lemons can mean navigating carefully through the psychological impacts of job loss but at the same time, seizing the opportunity of this employment void to suddenly shift gears and find that job which has meaning… lights your emotional fires… and inspires you.
Isn’t the opportunity to radically shift what you do and how you do it into something that has PURPOSE worth the investment in exploring the options?