Do you get up every day dreading work? Have you considered changing careers? What if the problem is the job you are in and not your chosen career? Would a different job in the same career make you happy? How can you know for sure?
Who am I
My name is Bob Baird, and I know how you feel because I have been in your shoes many times. Throughout my 40-year career, I asked myself, “Am I in the right career?” I have made over a dozen successful career transitions. You might call me a career transition “practitioner.”
Why? Sometimes it was a concern over the lack of future earning potential. Also, there were times when the work no longer interested me. And, on occasion, I found myself working in a culture that I didn’t care for. There was one thing I knew for certain though, I needed a change. Maybe you feel that way now. Do you? If so, I can help.
I started out working as a professional musician, hoping this would be my one and only career. After two short years, I left fame and fortune (I was starving) for the Navy Officer Candidate School.
I was proud to serve in the U.S. Navy for 20 years and rose to the rank of commander. Somewhere along the way, though, I heard the grass was greener on the other side.
So, armed with an MBA, I left the Navy and become a project manager and technology consultant. First, I worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which became IBM. Next, I worked for an insurance company that insured the education industry.
I transitioned from this last role to become that company’s CIO. And, three years ago, I left that position and became the CEO of a non-profit. Yes, from musician to CEO. A long and winding road, but I don’t have any regrets. And at the end of March of this year (2017), I retired to become an entrepreneur in the career services domain. And, here I am.
I made these career transitions for a host of personal reasons. I am sure those reasons were very much like the reasons you are considering changing careers now.
Is your job or career affecting your health?
One of my jobs made me sick. I am not kidding. My health was in jeopardy. I was gaining weight, my A1C was rising, and my chronic migraines were becoming more chronic.
Is anything like this happening to you? Is it impacting your relationships with others…with a significant other? Is life ceasing to be fun? I get it; I’ve been there.
So, what did I do? I reached out to a career coach. She saved my life. With her help, I created and executed what I have named the “Career Escape Plan.” You can do this too. If you stay with me on this journey, I will show you how.
But, first things first
Before you start this career transition process, you should do some soul-searching. Changing careers is possible. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely possible if it makes sense for you. I am a testament to that.
Career Assessment Tool
I have a great assessment tool to help you determine your current situation. There is no obligation whatsoever.
When you finish the assessment, the predominance of your responses will provide clues. It will ask you to think hard about what makes you unhappy with your present situation. It will ask you if you would be happier in the same job but under different circumstances.
What do you think? If most answers were negative, chances are you are not going to be happy in your current career. Only you can answer this. Any assessment such as this is subjective given that your circumstances are unique.
Why am I providing advice and this assessment?
That is a great question. Life is too short to be unhappy every day. As you can see, I have significant experience in transforming and rebranding myself—not once, but many times. I want to share what I know with you.
Once you download the assessment, you will begin to get valuable advice from me free of charge. If this isn’t for you, feel free to unsubscribe. But, if you like what you are reading, there will be a weekly blog.
I am also creating a program for those who may need more professional career transition help. I plan to launch that at year’s end. More to follow on that.
Career Assessment Tool: “10 simple questions to make sure you are making the right career decision.”
I look forward to assisting you with your career aspirations. Please feel free to send me a note if you would like to share your career transition experience.
Take care till next week,
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