OVERCOMING WHAT CONCERNS YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH

LESSON 5

OVERCOMING WHAT CONCERNS YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

― Thomas A. Edison

Yesterday, I asked you to think about your career path and to describe it to someone who did not know you well. Likely, you described the high notes of your career history. Today, let’s talk about the times when things did not go as expected in your executive career.

For some people, this might be a career detour taken to raise children or care for an ailing parent. You might have left a traditional career to start a business or to work on a colleague’s startup. Or maybe you sailed around the southern tip of Africa for a season, simply because it was a childhood dream of yours. Or, maybe you got laid off and it took a few months to find the right role.

All of these are both atypical and expected in the current employment marketplace. What matters is how you message these in your resume (and your interview).

Take a few moments and very briefly describe any career detours you might have experienced.

  • What prompted the change?
  • How did you overcome the challenges presented?
  • What do you know more about now that you didn’t know when you started?

If you don’t have any stories like these to relate, feel free to take a break.

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