I was talking with a friend of mine recently when the subject of job searching came up. She had gone to a dinner party with about a dozen women a few weekends prior. They were all her age (mid-40’s) and more than half of them were out of work. Of course that was bad, but perhaps the most sobering part was that they hadn’t really done anything to lose their jobs. They hadn’t been caught stealing, they weren’t padding expense reports and their performance reviews had all been fine.
Nope, they were victims of the economy and technology which didn’t make them feel any better and worse, but didn’t offer a whole lot of promising prospects.
I know that feeling. I know what it’s like to go into work one day, only to have the rug pulled out from under you.
Out on your tail.
It’s not fun, not even a little bit. But there is a glimmer of hope in that I do believe we are in charge of what happens next.
I have a number of friends on Facebook and in real life, who are experiencing this very thing. Some have taken the challenges, learned from them, grown, moved on and are now charting their own career paths which are infinitely more fulfilling than what they were doing. I count myself as one of those people. Then there’s another group of friends who are perpetually unhappy, waiting for something to happen and complaining at every turn because it’s not.
But here’s the thing; turning things around can be as simple as remembering the things we learned a few years back. SO here it is, a primer on the skills you learned in the classroom that can take you to the boardroom and beyond.
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