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Published on September 19, 2014

Author: cathygoodwin1



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Career change stalled? Many people begin a midlife career change with great enthusiasm, but then come up against roadblocks. This video identifies some of the most common blocks with recommendations to move past them. For more see and

Career Change Stalled? How To JumpStart Your Search By Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.

Is this you … • Started searching for a career, checked out some options … and nothing seems to click? • Wondering if you’ll find a new career that makes you happy? • Feel like there’s a block between you and your next career?

Is your block emotional or career related? I am NOT a therapist, counselor or mental health professional of any kind. Here’s my take based on experience and opinion. View slide

Emotional Blocks vs. Career Blocks • Emotional blocks – Childhood messages • “You should be a lawyer…” • “You’re not the successful one.” • “Jobs are just for money. It’s just a job.” – Current challenges • Recent emotional trauma (such as a loss or divorce) • Family pressures (especially spouse) • Underlying anxiety or depression View slide

Emotional Blocks vs. Career Blocks • Career blocks – Not knowing what to do next – Not getting good results from search – Needing guidelines for networking and info interviews – Needing realistic understanding of different fields – Frustrated with researching opportunities

Emotional OR Career Blocks • Don’t want to do ANYthing … just lie on the couch • Don’t look forward to today’s activities • Want to spend more time doing something that isn’t career related: family, music, working out …

Emotional Blocks vs. Career Blocks • Emotional blocks require psychotherapy with a licensed professional. Not me! • Career blocks require – A career coach/consultant – Self-help – Mentors

Some Common Career Blocks • Career change vs. career success • Nonlinear/ No markers/ small increments • Environment – Geographic location – No time (60 hour week)

What you can do for Career Blocks • Try out new careers in small steps - Be open to opportunities - Recognize bridge jobs - Use weekends, evenings and vacations

What you can do for Career Blocks • Set realistic expectations – Anticipate the downsides – Decide how you will handle them – Decide what you can live with

What you can do for Career Blocks • Keep perspective – Not like marriage or parenthood – Move in small steps – Allow time … and more time

When you’re ready to get serious about career change, here’s where to go …

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