Help! I’m Bored & My Career Doesn’t Have Meaning
There are many reasons why people seek help from a Career Coach. I often have clients seek coaching because they don’t feel like their career is giving them the meaning and purpose in life that they need. I’m going to share a client success story about June. When she came to me, she was dissatisfied with the lack of meaning and purpose in her work. She needed a coach to understand what was REALLY missing and provide some clarity. When all is said and done, the outcome may surprise you.
The Mid-Career Blues
June called me when she was at a cross-roads. A successful vice-president in a very well-established and stable company, June said she felt bored. On the personal side of life, June had 2 children, one in elementary school and one in the critical middle school years. She had a supportive husband who was also in a stable career and in fact, they had been married for about 18 years. However great her life looked on the outside, she was struggling inside because she didn’t feel challenged by her career.
June said she was ready for a change at work. We started by identifying her values and how they aligned with her current role. To her surprise, they actually aligned pretty well on the work-life balance side. The problem was that she had been at the same company for about 10 years and didn’t see anything exciting up ahead. June had gotten comfortable with her routine, but that is just it – everything was routine. She also felt guilty because her parents and siblings told her she had it made. After all she had a highly visible role, good salary AND work-life balance. From her family’s perspective, she was being silly.
I Want Change, So Now What?
June agreed that she wanted to look for a new and more challenging role outside her current company. She needed to be discreet about putting out feelers. She started by getting in touch with trusted colleagues in other organizations. To her surprise, after just a few lunch meetings, she had people talking to her about coming to work at their company or referring her to other organizations. Now, things were getting real – she was starting to have options. She did a few phone interviews, but was reluctant to interview in-person. So, we explored that. It’s important to get curious when a client who is highly accountable pushes back or doesn’t complete their homework. As we talked through it, June actually realized that as the head of the department, maybe she already had the answer to her own problem and it was under her control!
An “A-ha” Moment & Happy Ending
June could not have been happier! She held the answer to her own dilemma. Her goal of wanting to be more fulfilled at work and at home was within her grasp. Plus, she also did not have to give up the family lifestyle she had come to enjoy and the flexibility offered by her current situation.
June started writing down ideas for new projects that she was interested in championing to improve her department’s services. It didn’t take her long to figure out where to direct her time and energy. Last time I spoke with June, she was thriving while taking on the new challenge. Plus, she had figured out a long-term strategy to keep herself challenged for years to come.