Q: Dear Dr. Culp, My industry has been changing since 2009 and Ive been waiting to see if weve entered the new normal. I love what Ive been doing, but I can see that Im going to have to change that.
Ive been watching people leave their current jobs to take others or take time out. Ive also been reading about the industry.
Informed but Clueless
A: Dear Informed, You will be if you start marketing yourself. Staying put keeps you static. Get into channels where theres movement.
Capitalize on the disruption in your industry. Ask yourself if you have skills and experience that are more fleshed-out than you did when you took your current job. If youve been growing, you likely do.
Start marketing yourself in logical places in your industry or outside of it after you write a career-change resume. Listen to feedback. If a person in a knowledgeable position says you dont fit, ask why so you can target more effectively.
If people cant view you in any way other than in your current role, either youve failed to communicate that you can do more or youre looking in the wrong neighborhoods.
Q: Dear Dr. Culp, Several months ago my company told me that theres a possibility that the funding for my position wont come through. If it doesnt, theyll try to carve out a part-time position from it. I should know in about a month.
I havent been doing anything to prepare for this. I really dont like working and dont want to deal with any issues related to working until its absolutely necessary. When that time comes, if Im offered a part-time job, Ill take it. Beyond that, what do you think I should do?
A: Dear Procrastinator, This might be a good time to simplify your life. Do you have a pension or 401(k) that could support you? Are you ready to tap into it? Have you thought about selling any property you own and investing it for dividends? Do you qualify for Social Security?
If its too early to make these changes, either job hunt for something to get by or start a business around something you like to do. Yes, it will be work, but it will have a component that brings you pleasure. That can make all the difference in a persons work.