Many career decisions are also life decisions but not all life decisions have to do with careers. The question to entertain is, “What’s next?” What should be next is an assessment of where you are at the moment with relationships, with emotions, with health and life style and with financial resources. The bigger question is “What do you want to do and why?”
To stay ahead of the curve, make a fairly comprehensive assessment before creating options to make intelligent choices. Remember what Yogi Berra said, “It’s very difficult to make predictions, especially about the future.” What you want most for your future deserves thoughtful consideration, checking a range of choices as well as with others whose opinions and experience you respect.
Take your time. Making a transition is not flipping a switch. It’s a process like so many things worthwhile. Getting from here to there requires several steps, thoughtful planning and design before throwing yourself into forward gear.
Some questions for your consideration.
- What do you see as the biggest challenge in making this transition?
- Thus far, what has been the most rewarding experiences you’ve had? What can you learn from those?
- What are you reading currently that you find enjoyable, inspiring or informative?
- Who, in your network, is likely to provide support and guidance?
- What do you think you need that you do not have in order to move forward? What would you have to do to get that?
- As you look ahead, what appears to be the most exciting prospect?
- What do you want to be sure to avoid, if possible?
- In your planning, have you created a checklist and a timeline?
- What do you see as the most critical steps in this process?
- When will you know you have made a successful transition?
- What question haven’t you asked yourself?
If you’re an educator contemplating a shift in your career and would like a conversation about strategies that focus on goals and objectives in moving ahead, send an inquiry with your questions.