I hear this a lot: “My career is all over the place so how do I find my next step?”
The good news: Everyone has a messy career path. Life is messy, at best. You’re not alone.
The bad news: It’s still confusing in there and you’re still needing to find your way in a dark confusing maze.
More good news: You can get help to find your way through the maze. There are people with lanterns and maps to turn to. Really.
My So-Called Messy Career Path
In my own experience, I thought I was “all over the place” too. I didn’t want anyone to see that wacky résumé. On some level, with each turn, it did make sense to me, because I was following what was in front of me, and my curiosities to try something new. But I thought that picture of “meandering” would look funny to others.
In reality, people never seemed to care about all those so-called turns on my résumé, and it wasn’t a roadblock for new jobs. I couldn’t see the thread connecting the dots, but I see now that it was there. Maybe it was the exact path I needed to end up helping people with career clarity, since I’ve dabbled in many areas. It wasn’t simple and it was confusing at times for sure, but the path had a purpose, it turned out.
What Can Help Me Find My Way?
Just using exercises in a book, by yourself, is usually not enough for something like deep clarity and choosing your specific steps on where you want to go in life. You wouldn’t be reading this if you could have figured it out on your own.
Most people can’t figure it out alone. It’s like a fish who doesn’t see the water she’s swimming in, but the water is obvious to us as outsiders. Funny how that works. A little help goes a long way, and seeing what’s right there can bring huge relief. Continue reading