You’ve made the decision to move on, and it’s a big one. You might or might not know where you are going to next, but you’ve gone through the emotions and said to yourself “it’s time.” Here’s what may be going through your mind:
- One of two things could be going on: your environment doesn’t support your strong desire to learn and master a subject area, or you feel that you have learned all you can where you are and it’s time for new challenges born from new responsibilities within a new environment. It doesn’t matter which circumstance applies: you know that you can’t develop yourself where you are right now, and it’s time to leave. What does that next place have that will help you deepen your learning experience? What’s next for you to learn?
- Your sense of commitment and your work ethic are both top-notch; you’re used to putting your nose to the grindstone and not much gets by you. Now you’ve decided to take your penchant for keeping things on the straight and narrow to help some other institution (maybe one you create?) thrive because you’re bored, your organization doesn’t appeal to you any more, or you don’t feel otherwise fulfilled by your environment. Wherever your new career life takes you, you need to be appreciated for what you contribute (no celebratory dinners, per se; just the feeling that your work is valued and you’re contributing) and feel wanted by those you serve. What kind of future would you like to create, and what you have you learned from your past that will aid you?
- It’s time for you to explore, express, and get things done, whether it’s continuing the work that you do so well or finding a new challenge. There is an opportunity out there to engage in ways that are meaningful to you, where you can be absorbed by it and stimulated by the variety . The possibilities are huge and you’re seeking ways to use your energy in search of intellectual and emotional stimulation that leads to your immediate enjoyment and satisfaction. What possibilities do you see if you pulled up anchor? What are you holding yourself back from?
- You might be ready to move on because your work is no longer significant or emotionally it isn’t there for you anymore. You may or may not love those that you work with, and you may or may not love the work that you do. What’s really happening is that your gut is saying “time to go. There are new relationships to pursue, new challenges to confront, new things to learn, new ideas to be explored, and new truths to be realized.” What meaning will you create from your next steps?
So what is next? What’s most important to you right now? To work with any cognitive dissonance that you may be experiencing (“I know I have to go, but I’m still pretty nervous!”) or are you already off-shore and sailing into the sunset…but in need of some direction? Whatever you’re experiencing, we can work together to determine the best route for you, at your speed, while embracing what’s important to you.