Earlier this year I was speaking at the Los Angeles Times CareerBuilder Expo on The Inner Journey of Career Transition. I was talking about discovering what you are truly passionate about, and bringing that passion to your work. A gentleman raised his hand and asked a question that went something like this:
So I understand all this passion stuff, but what do you do if you just need to get a job in order to pay the rent?
This question was illuminating because it highlighted the fact that there is some confusion about changing careers. A true career change is rarely accomplished as a result of desperate circumstances. It requires introspection, exploring, researching and experimenting and cannot be rushed.
Here are some other differences:
Job transition is something that is often accompanied by a sense of crisis. Not always, but often a job transition is launched because of 1) being fired, 2) company downsizing or reorganizing, 3) an unpleasant situation that you need to leave immediately. Anger, grief, self-doubt and resignation often accompany it. You probably didn't want the change, but you got it anyway.
A career transition is something that takes place over time often 2-4 years. It is planned. It often grows from an emerging dissatisfaction with the situation and a commitment to do something about it. It is often accompanied by a longing for something more. If career transition is an evolution a natural growth, job transition is a revolution quick and painful.
Let me be clear if you are in a job transition situation, you need to get your business handled. Get a job. This is not the time to worry about your next job being your dream job. In fact, you can be sure that your next job won't be your dream job, because you will be seeing new opportunities through rose- colored glasses, hoping that you have found your next thing and avoiding any doubts you have. You will be prone to rationalization. Successful career transition requires that you make decisions from a place of clarity, not desperation to pay the rent.
So that is exactly what I told my questioner make sure that your rent and bills are paid. Then begin doing the work that is needed to launch a real career transition that has a chance of succeeding.
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