Person stuck in a career

Are you ready for a new career… but you’re not sure what?

Perhaps you’ve been feeling stuck, unsatisfied or even out of place in your present job.  Or you want more personal autonomy or financial freedom. Or you can’t stop thinking, “There’s got to be a better way to make a living.”

When I was working in Corporate America, I couldn’t wait to get out. I was literally making me sick. And while it may have been prestigious to work at a Fortune 500 company in downtown San Francisco, I was miserable. And I knew I had to get out.

But then what? I wasn’t sure what kind of work would make me happy. I knew I wanted to help people with their money issues, but how could I do that? Should I become a therapist? A financial advisor?

I wasn’t sure, but I was determined to figure it out.

A friend of mine recommended I take a career exploration class at City College. I was skeptical. But the class only cost $10, so I thought, “why not?”

The class helped me get clear on my values, interests and skills. Except I didn’t think I had any skills. I thought that “real” skills were vocational skills such as dental hygienists, librarians, nurses or things like that. And I didn’t have those kinds of skills.

Fortunately, the class instructor set me straight. She helped me see that I did in fact have exceptional skills: People skills! I had a natural ability to connect with other people, quickly establish an easy, friendly rapport and build a strong relationship of trust and mutual respect.

This revelation was encouraging, but I still didn’t know what to do. So I continued to talk to people, do my research and stay open to possibilities. As a result, I discovered that if I wanted to help people resolve their money problems, I didn’t necessarily need to become a therapist or a financial advisor. I could use my experience, training and natural people skills to help people become financially stable and free of money problems.

This sparked the beginning of what would become a 25 year practice as a Financial Recovery Counselor and Money Coach and the creation of the Financial Recovery Institute.

Now, what about you?

Have you been unhappy or frustrated in your present work or job? Do you want to make a change, but you’re not sure what career might be perfect for you? If so, I encourage you to start doing a bit of research and:

  • Discover what career opportunities are aligned with your values, financial goals and natural skills.
  • Talk to people who are currently in careers or jobs that appeal to you.
  • Take action on ideas, suggestions and learning opportunities.

Share your ideas and desires with those you trust, but… Be careful not to share your dreams with just anyone. (You need to protect your dreams from those who say, “Oh, you can’t do that!”)

Over the years, I’ve trained countless people in how to have their own business as a Financial Recovery Counselor/Money Coach. And I’ve found that most of these people often share a similar journey: They were frustrated and unhappy in their work, but they didn’t know what to do next. They felt drawn to work that would allow them to help others in a significant, satisfying way. And they wanted to experience more personal and financial freedom.

If you’ve been feeling the same way, I encourage you to decide right now that you’ll do what it takes to find a career path that is perfect for you. It may already exist, or you may end up creating something brand new. Either way, just put one foot in front of the other. Talk to those who’ve walked before you. Don’t give up.

By the way, the next Financial Recovery Counselor training starts soon. (We always have trainings coming up.)

If you’re drawn to the idea of helping people transform their relationship with money, break free of their money problems and live a more confident, happy life, this may be a perfect career choice for you. If you’d like to find out more, email me today and we’ll set up a time to chat by phone.

Next time, I’ll share a simple but extremely powerful tool that made a huge impact on my transition from corporate employee misery to self-employed bliss.

October 29th, 2015 by Karen McCall