Major Career or Life Change? Are you retiring from the military, a recent grad, just out of the professional sports field, or someone who is changing careers or starting new? What is the first step?
What did I want to be when I grew up? I wanted something with competitive pay and a chance for advancement. Equal opportunity was on the forefront at the time. Companies were going to have a person of color sitting by the door. Many companies just wanted to make sure that they checked the box of having a minority employee.
What I felt was, if I have something to contribute, and I see a chance of upward mobility, I will be part of the company. One potential employer was excited about the opportunity to have me onboard, but for all of the wrong reasons. “You’ll be paving the way, you’ll be doing this for your community, and you’ll be the first.” I said, ‘No I won’t be paving the way. I’ll be doing what is best for me and what is best for the company I choose.’
How do you do it? Figure out where you think you want to go. Take a self-assessment, write down your interests in a generic sense. Start with the end in mind. Here are a few suggestions:
What is it you want to be?
Are you primarily money oriented or purpose driven?
Do you want to LOVE your job?
Do you want to travel the world?
Sometimes the picture isn’t so pretty. Sometimes the picture is unclear. Sometimes you figure out you have quite a hill to climb. At the end of the day you can be whatever you want, but it always takes a sacrifice. The question is: What’s the price you are willing to pay? You have to know yourself and what drives you.
Let me build THE plan for you. With Jefferson Consulting, you won’t need a plan B. As long as you follow the plan, you will get it right the first time. If you invest the time and energy to follow the plan I lay out for you, you can accomplish anything you want.
Take President Obama, he was simply a community organizer before being elected to the U.S. Senate. Of course he did a lot of hard work and sacrifice in between the two. But today, at the end of it all, he is the president. You too can reach all of the dreams and aspirations you can imagine.