The Holiday Mirror — New Reflections for the Coming Year

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Well, the holidays are upon us and distraction is in the air. I don’t know about you, but my mind seems to oscillate wildly between vision of sugar plums and how the heck I am going to pay my mortgage in January.

As business slows down, there is a tendency in all of us to slow down as well. After the insane year we all have had, a bit of decompression and relaxation is in order. But as we slow our pace and catch our breath during the holidays, we have an open opportunity to take a new and different look at ourselves in the mirror. Now is the time to re-assess our career plans and discover a revitalized image that we can create for ourselves.

The key to rethinking our role in the workforce is in setting new expectations for ourselves. They say that the true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

This is the time of year that we must take a step back and ask ourselves, “What does a successful career look like?” If the answer looks something like the old job we used have, then we have set our expectations too low and fallen into the trap of sameness. If this past year has taught us anything, it is that sameness does not exist anymore. Everything is in flux and change is everywhere.

No, whatever the answer to our career question is, it should stem from three places; what we love to do, what transferable skills we have, and how these two factors will create opportunities in the emerging job markets.

There are lots of places and people out there to support your career rediscovery efforts. For example, Walsh College in Troy, Michigan is offering free “Take Charge” classes on career transitioning. You can check them out at: http://www.walshcollege.edu/takecharge

In this holiday season, take the time to reflect on all that you have to offer current and future employers. This is the time to get prepared for your career transition.

So, take a deep breath, step up to the mirror, and tell me what you see. Please respond in the comment section below.

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