A Plan in Advance During Challenging Economic Times

By Anita Radosevich, Certified Job and Career Transition Coach

During these challenging economic times, we need to reflect on where we are today with our careers and where we are going to be five years from now.

In 1999, I began a new career and completed training to become a Certified Job and Career Transition Coach. It was part of the plan I set for myself in preparation for the future. I determined in 1999 that I would focus on where our country would be heading and anticipate a future based on economist articles and research. Although unpredictable at the time, I understood where we may be heading and planned accordingly.

What is my point? Everyone needs to plan for their future whether an individual is employed and secure in a current position or not.  If an individual is employed, this is an ideal time to implement a plan. You never know when you will receive the shocking news of a layoff!

As a Career and Job Transition Coach, I have interviewed many clients who experience burnout at 15  years. Since this is common, and if an individual has been in a position for 10 years, then a plan should be developed and realized in advance. Ask yourself a few questions:

–          Do I have the education to transition to another career five years from now?

–          Do I have a plan to fall back on if I experience burnout?

Another reason to plan is when you research the trend of your career with Department of Labor (DOL), and realize the career you are in would be less in demand in the near future.

There are many great jobs available that offer job security and promotion potential. Many government agencies are hiring, particularly in the federal government sector. In most positions, a college degree is required.  The federal government is opening many jobs and will begin replacing the baby boomers in the next five years. The jobs are a perfect fit for individuals with experience and education, with many job titles ranging from administrative to management. You may use the experience you gained over the past 10 to 15 years to transition to another career. By exploring your options in advance, you will be able to determine what education and training is needed to pursue another career. In any case, it is necessary to think about your future.

If you are curious about where the jobs are in the federal government, begin with two websites: wherethejobs.org and usajobs.opm.gov. This is a good first step for researching and planning for the future. You may want to pursue the advice of a Career Coach/Counselor. I have shared this information with all because it is obvious you have to begin somewhere, whether secure in your current position or not. What you gain from this knowledge will bring you peace of mind. Hopefully, you take a small step or a giant leap into developing a career plan.  This is critical to the pursuit of happiness and career success for all.