Recently, an author who’s writing a book about how to survive and thrive in a challenging environment asked me for an interview.
Knowing that I speak to a lot of people about careers, he wanted some tips and tactics for his book. I told him that for the most part most career questions come from one of these three key perspectives:
1. The employed – looking for guidance on things such as:
- moving up the ladder
- dealing with a career hiccup that may be holding them back
- dealing with others in the organization
- getting a raise
2. The unemployed – looking for advice about:
- getting back in the job market
- taking advantage of social networking
- setting up a consulting practice
- rethinking their whole life plan
3. The recently terminated – in a highly emotional state, they’re trying to grapple with:
- how getting tanked can impact someone who has always had a job
- getting through this new and difficult situation
(This is transition coaching. It’s all about helping an individual transition out of where they are and into where they’d prefer to be.)
- The most successful careerists realize that it’s all about evolution. Like animals in the wild – even entire species – it’s survival of the fittest.
- Industries start, grow, thrive, get old and usually then disappear. It’s the same same with companies.
- Careers that are too dependent on the success of the industry or company are at risk.