Career Planning Saved My Life
September 30, 2009
Career planning may be the only thing between you and total insanity! Take my word for it, planning your career can help you find a new job that you’ll enjoy more than the one you have now.
Career planning can help you get a better job that pays more, teaches you new skills, requires you to work fewer hours… whatever it is that will make you happier in life.
Career Satisfaction, Zero
I was unhappy in my old job for quite a long time but didn’t spend much time on career planning or career development. I was SUPER busy at work, then I’d come home to spend time with family, work on Money Smart Life until I couldn’t keep my eyes open, and then crash for the night.
My wife pleaded with me to get a new job. I was always stressed out and unhappy but for some reason I couldn’t seem to get “unstuck” and look for a new job.
What I probably really needed was some career counseling or career advice from someone who had been in a similar position before. I must not have been looking hard enough because I never did find a career coach to work with.
Quitting My Job, Kind Of
I don’t think I’ll ever forget the day I knew I was going to quit my job. The morning started with the typical daily frustrations but with each miserable meeting my soul protested more and more violently. Full to the brim of misery I entered an unused office with two of my co-workers to join a conference call for one of my “favorite” projects.
I can still see the look of confusion on my team member’s face when the client dropped a major bombshell on us. The look slowly contorted to one of horror as she realized the implications of the changes and how much work it would require in a short amount of time. I felt exactly the way her face looked and at that moment decided that I’d had ENOUGH. I could see from past experience exactly how this was going to play out and how my team was going to get screwed over yet again. I realized that I didn’t have to take it anymore and that my life was going to change.
The rest of the day was pretty much a blur, I had been unstuck. My mind was now focused on the next step, whatever that would be. I didn’t end up quitting my job until several months later but that day finally kicked me into action and into some major career planning.
Career Planning, Blog Style
I still wish that I would have found a career coach to work with because I think it would have made the process easier. However, I didn’t have one so I spent a lot of time in self-reflection and writing down some of my career planning steps here on the site. Following is a view of my career planning journey from searching for answers, to giving my two weeks notice, to learning from my co-workers.
- Quit Your Job Or Keep Your Job – How to Decide When a New Job’s Right for You
- Make Morey Money & Be Happy in Your Job Using a Work Portfolio
- Would You Take a Better Job for a Lower Salary?
- How to Make Your Job Better or Find a Better Job
Quitting Your Job
- Two Weeks Notice – The Art of Quitting Your Job Gracefully
- How Quitting Your Job Can Make You a Better Employee
- Career Advice to Help You Get Ahead & Feel Good About It
- Career Tips from Co-Workers Show Room for Improvement
Career Planning Saved My Life
It’s been a year now since I’ve switched jobs and I’m amazingly happy. Career planning didn’t literally save my life but so far it’s saved me a whole year of being miserable.
A year during which we watched our 2 year old toddler turn into a 3 year old little boy. A year when my expecting wife had our sweet baby girl. It’s been a spectacular year that I’ve been able to enjoy, thanks in large part to some focused career planning.
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