I recently met with a client whose struggles are not unique among the professional women that seek out my career-coaching services.
The person I am referring to, Patricia (not her real name), is a seasoned professional who recently relocated to Edmonton to accept a new job in another industry.
Patricia booked a private career-coaching appointment to discuss her career situation, and get some support to create a career growth strategy.
When Patricia met with me, she reported her overall career satisfaction to be about 6/10. This type of rating usually means someone is not in their dream job, but it is a role that meets many of their basic needs.
In Patricia’s case, personal needs and circumstances drove her latest career move. She changed jobs and moved to a new city to be closer to her ageing parents. Patricia left a job she loved that paid more money to accept her new role.
Patricia accepted this new job because it allowed her to move closer to her parents. Patricia made a clear career trade-off to meet life priorities. She reached out to make an appointment with me when the implications of that decision were starting to sink in.
Patricia appreciated the chance to re-tell her story and reaffirm the reasons why she intentionally made the trade-off. Reconnecting with her value-based rationale for the move helped her make peace with where she landed.
Like many people, ageing parents and other family circumstances weigh heavily in real-life career choices. Patricia’s career path, like most people’s, is affected by both work and life conditions.
Now that Patricia has successfully relocated, she is taking the same strategic approach to finding another position that will deliver her even more satisfaction at work.
Through a narrow lens of an organizational chart, Patricia’s move resulted in a demotion. Through the multi-faceted lens of work and life factors, Patricia made a strategic career move in alignment with her real-life priorities.
Career paths usually aren’t linear. Sometimes, we need to take a step backward to move forward on a new pathway and to stay loyal to our criteria for success. Working with me as a career coach, you’ll discover powerful career building
M. Ed., PCC, CHRP
Amazing Career™ Coach for Women www.JaneZakreski.com
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