Reinventing yourself…becoming more of YOU
Career building is a life-long endeavor, and having a nurse/coach is the first step toward creating your future. Has your path led you to a forked road where “straight ahead” is no longer an option? Perhaps this is a personal choice or because the organization has changed and your skills no longer fit the new business focus. Or, are you merely at a crossroads where you can continue on your present course, but want to consider the options those other directions offer? Regardless of what brought you to your present place, it may be time to step back, take a deep breath, and reflect on a new vision of what a career might mean for you.
Forward or reverse…
Realizing you need change to get out of your rut is the first step. Once you’re there, spend some time thinking about which direction you want to go. Do you want to change into a new career? Stay in the same career but move forward into a promotion? Stay in the same career but move backward into a prior job that you enjoyed, was more meaningful, and that was less stressful? Segue into an “unjob” (contract, freelance, or self-employment work) or put your career on hold (sabbatical or leave of absence) while you explore those things you always wanted to do that offer zero or minimal financial compensation. This could mean honing an art like pottery or painting or even exploring missionary work. Take the time to reflect on how your life purpose and your dreams should direct your career choices. And yes, it could mean redefining yourself as a nursing professional.
As a holistic nurse coach and one who has redefined myself, I look first at your employment history, your passions, and your purpose. What would your optimal nursing career look and feel like? How will you know that it is right for you?
How Do I Know When Enough is Enough
Take a moment to reflect on your own career. If you were to lose your job today, how would that affect you? If you needed a professional recommendation, who would you contact to provide it? How would that recommendation look and feel? Do others think of you as a resource, as a go-to person? You may love your work, and dislike those with whom you work. Work satisfaction studies reveal that job frustration is the #1 problem that people express. We have all experienced the typical ‘bad day at the office’ – so when is enough just that – enough? I recommend listening to your body; it is a great indicator. If your job makes you ill, it may be time to look elsewhere.
Can you fix what is not working about your job? Can you change units, or move your desk to another location? Sometimes, even changing the position of your desk helps. Is there an opportunity for professional growth and can you learn from this position and use that knowledge to advance your career?
What kind of work and work setting excite you? What would give you great joy in the workplace? Do you prefer to work alone, or as a part of a team? What steps have you taken thus far to change your situation and what is your timeline for a change? Put yourself in a position in which resignation is a good choice, rather than a desperate one.
As your nurse coach, I will help you to:
- Plan the trajectory of your nursing career and a SWOT analysis
- Identify potentially useful resources
- Explore your motivations and desires
- Fine-tune your resume and CV
- Improve your cover letters and thank you letters
- Prepare you for interviews
- Recover from difficult passages in your career that held you back
- Explore new career alternatives, especially more non-traditional nursing roles
- Brainstorm entrepreneurial and business ideas
- Review and enhance your Linked In profile and coach you on how to best utilize this platform
Nursing is a wonderful career and an honorable profession; new opportunities offer a new alternative for you as a nursing professional. Visit http://smwgroupllc.com to learn more.