Most of us at one point or another in our careers feel under-appreciated, like the boss does not really see all the wonderful things we do, like the team takes us for granted, unloved, under-paid, etc. Human beings have ups and downs, of course, and it’s always hard to qualify these feelings. So, what can you do to be more confident when making such a key decision?
In my time as a business coach, I often worked with teams. Beyond the non-verbal trading exercise that required executives to communicate without speaking, my second favorite activity was to ask the team “What is the most precious aspect of human experience?”
Any Road Will Take You There… if you don’t know where you are going! Many years ago when I was in the amusement park industry, the then president of our association drawled this headline in his thick Georgia accent. And it has stayed with me because it is perfectly true.
Closed Minds Lose Out / Open Minds Win Big. As I’ve mentioned before, at the Barrett Group (TBG) we speak to tens of thousands of executives and managers each year. Many of them also fill out a survey and share their thoughts on where they are in their careers, their frustrations with their current situation, where they would like to be professionally in the future, and the primary support they would like from us.
We are using this blog to share the experiences of our clients as they embark on their career change journeys. Let’s face it: changing jobs can be daunting or downright scary. That’s why we share. To let you know you are not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
This blog is intended to help our readers understand the variety of professionals who come to the Barrett Group with their careers in disarray and how we help them find relief, confidence, and, above all, success in achieving their professional aspirations.
As I’ve mentioned before, literally thousands of executives come to us each year with expectations of how we can help them in their career development. Some of them have very specific needs and expectations (such as demonstrating transferability of skills across industries) while others simply realize that they might be great surgeons, lawyers, engineers, or other expert professionals, but in the business of finding that next better, more satisfying, and more lucrative job… they need help.
We’ve talked extensively in prior issues of this Blog about individuals and the factors that motivated them to seek us out for support in their career change endeavors.
Thousands of professionals come to us each year looking for better career opportunities. So many, in fact, that we can actually identify collections of symptoms of people who particularly benefit from our services. I think it’s helpful for executives to see themselves in these “personas” and thereby perhaps better understand the process that will quickly lead to a successful conclusion.
It is our pleasure to speak with hundreds of prospective career changers every month through which we gain a direct understanding of what is going on in the market place. These calls run the emotional gamut from desperate to philosophical, depending on the candidate’s situation. Through this blog I want to share some of these stories to help you understand that you as a would-be career changer are not alone. Many people share your concerns and challenges, and may be able to offer solutions.
The Barrett Group helps hundreds of professionals each year to clarify their career objectives and then go out and find the job of their dreams. Whether they are executives, lawyers, people transitioning out of the military, or other professionals seeking support our Clarity Program© uniquely facilitates this process, because we look at the whole person, not just the targeted title, compensation, and geography.