- The opportunities you’ve been given in recent jobs
- Your education, skills, and strengths
- The people and companies who would hire you today
- Scarcity of job openings
- The obligations you have to your family and others, especially financial
- Your current level of savings, that cushion against unexpected events
If you’re looking for a job that looks just like what you’ve been doing, these kinds of restrictions can drive you crazy. What do you do if nobody is hiring that kind of position?
Here’s the interesting part: You’re just a hair’s-breadth away from a dizzying number of options. OK, so nobody is hiring for the job that I was doing a few months ago. So what do I do?
- Different advice is bombarding me from every direction
- I could potentially do lots of things, especially with a little education
- I know quite a few people, who I suppose could help me in some way
It all comes down to making some choices so that I can make progress. I can’t explore 100 possible career paths simultaneously, or I won’t make any progress at all.
Here’s how to make progress: Make some choices based upon what you know now, imperfect as that is. Investigate, think, explore, and make a little progress. Decide whether this has been useful. Then repeat the cycle during your entire career.
Really? Really? Yes. Things are going to change so much during your lifetime that you have to get comfortable with this cycle of learning and adaptation.
There’s just no other way.