How To Manage Your Career Uncertainty?
It’s almost tiring to hear “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I get it. But what about when life gives you a pandemic, what do you make of it?
Whether you have grown insecure about your current job, are questioning your career path, or have been furloughed because of the pandemic, career uncertainty can be daunting and disempowering, especially when many other aspects of our lives have been affected as well.
But now is the time to focus on what we CAN control, more than ever. With this, we invited Master Coach Christine Hassler
, who’s also the author of best-selling book “Expectation Hangover,”
to share with you advices on managing your career uncertainty and her journey of leaving her job to pursue a more authentic, passionate life.
Preparing Your Career for Future Uncertainties
What if I don’t want to stay at my current job? Is it the right time to quit my job? Is it too late to rethink my career path?
Have any of these concerns crossed your mind lately? If you’re feeling intimidated by the idea of returning to the job market, know that you’re not alone.
Career Path Intersects With Personal Path
Just like dealing with any life or emotional issues, the first step to tackling career uncertainty is to recognise that you’re unsure what’s lying ahead the near future. And that’s okay! “What influences our career path so much is our own personal path,” Christine said. The extent you’d go to pursue the career path you love, for example, depends on your experience with finance.
“Let's say that in your family growing up, money was a really stressful thing; your parents were always arguing about money. That's going to impact your career path because you're going to go for jobs that are more security-based and have a good salary.” In this case, when money is to be an issue, you’re less likely to take risks and pursue what you love.
Our career paths are also impacted by our unresolved issues or wounds that we’ve been carrying around, Christine said. As a life coach with lots of training in therapy and psychology, she said that now is the time to do something about them – to heal them. “This time during the pandemic
is actually a really powerful time to work on ourselves, do things like therapy and personal development work.”