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When did you know?

on November 9, 2011

I’ve been running across some interesting circumstances over the last 2-3 years or so as a career coach/job transition specialist and maybe it’s because of the sheer numbers of people I’m working with since the economy has tanked.  I’ve met a lot of people along the way who stayed in jobs they didn’t particularly enjoy or weren’t passionate about necessarily.  They are lukewarm at best about what they had been doing and in many cases want to make a full blown career transition.  Although they miss having a regular paycheck and maybe would not have voluntarily left the job/company now that they have a blank slate they look at it as an opportunity to pursue something they have maybe wanted to do for a long time.

What I’m most curious about is when did you know what you wanted to do career wise? 

 What, if any, introspection or analysis did you do to come to that conclusion? How’d you make the decision?  What contributed most to it? 

 Did you make the decision before you went to college or on to trade/technical school? 

 What response did you get from the people closest to you in your life when you announced it or told them? 

 Are you still working in that field? 

I guess I’m curious about it because I seem to meet so many people who when I ask them “what’s your dream job?  Or if every job paid $1.00 which one would you take?”  A lot of times they answer “I don’t’ know”. And to that I say, “I don’t know if I believe that”.  I think there are a lot of things people are passionate about, gifted at and truly enjoy but for some reason they don’t feel comfortable admitting it, don’t think they can actually have/get a job doing it (whatever it is) or have the support they need to pursue it. 

I need some coaching insight. 

This whole conversation brings us back to the initial question. 

When did you know? 






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