Ladies Who Reinvent Careers
I’m not sure I am in the right job. I feel underutilized. I’m capable of so much more. I get bored easily.
I love where I’m at. Right now.
I’m waiting another few months for this big important thing to happen. It will mean good things for me It represents achievement and choice.
I’m busy (good!), I need to work and I’m holding on to what I have. For now.
I like my work but I’d like to have more of it.
I am part of a wonderful, small group of ambitious and lively professional women. We call our group “Career Reinvention”. This is what we talk about. Mostly. Stray, random topics weave themselves into the conversation but we get back on track. We meet to talk about careers. These are our careers and we want them to mean something now and forever more. Families, partners, kids, household obligations will still be there when we’re done. For 2 hours, it’s all about us.
Us. Our careers and what it’s like to work, manage, or just collect a paycheck. What we love, what we hate and what we want to change. We share what is going on; look for feedback; ask for help; vent or just ride the wave of conversation and appreciate being there. We could be doing a thousand other things on a Sunday afternoon but just talking about ourselves feels like a rare treat. Really, that happened to me, too.
It occurs to me that no matter what your age, you benefit from some degree of reinvention. I’m older than the others in the group. Their challenges are not necessarily mine anymore. If I have an issue to discuss with my manager, I just look in the mirror. Yep, let’s talk. Looks like she’s available.
As someone exploring the retirement space, I still want to participate in Career Reinvention. I want to have a piece of it. I want to reinvent myself. I want my life to mean something even more now that the chapter has closed on my “first” career. So I explore the idea of Career Reinvention. In fact, I embrace it. Career, Retirement, Career. Repeat.
Let’s do it again; even better than before.
People of all ages struggle to live a more meaningful life, but the struggle to identify a meaningful retirement is very real. Working with a certified retirement coach can help you frame what’s important to you and how to work towards it in order to find a meaningful life in retirement. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your journey and how we can help.