7 Career Change Myths That Will Kill Your Career

If you’re a career-changing Baby Boomer, you may feel like you’ve gotten lost with Dorothy in Oz. You’ve achieved success in your career. You’ve built skills and a strong work ethic. And now you’re ready to move on…and it’s not working.

Many of my own clients tell me, “I haven’t had to look for a job for 20 years.” 

Twenty years ago, you probably didn’t have a cell phone or an email account. A worm was something you put on a fish hook and a virus was something you caught from visiting friends. You could bring your whole set of kitchen knives onto an airplane and gas prices…well, we won’t go there.
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A Midlife Career Change Is A Culture Shift

New You on Green Highway Signpost.“This new world feels so strange,” my client says. “I’m used to a very corporate style of  thinking – very linear – and now I feel like I’m in free fall.”

One reason midlife career change is so hard is that you move into a new culture, with new values and expectations. My client was used to corporate life. Every day he knew exactly what he had to do to keep his job and to move to the next level. There was no ambiguity.

Now, he had to figure out the new landscape. The next step wasn’t clear to him and he certainly didn’t have a game plan.

Two Culture Shifts Of Career Change

In a career change you get two culture shifts. First, you experience a shift from the act of changing careers, especially if you come from a structured corporate environment. [Read more...]