Friday, August 12, 2005

Making Career Changes to Something That Makes a Difference

A growing trend in our generation is to make a career change that results in order to do something that makes a difference. Here's an interesting article from the Times Online that says that nearly three-fourths of recent graduates in the UK plan a career change before age 35, and that for many, it will be to do something that makes a difference such as teaching. My wife, who's an education professor here in Houston, has many students who are leaving corporate positions to become teachers, so this is certainly not limited to the UK.

Bob Buford, founder of the Halftime movement, coined a phrase that describes this well, "moving from success to significance." Bob talks about having success in career, but having a growing feeling that there must be more that one could achieve than serving themselves and their company. That more is serving others -- doing something significant, not merely successful.

What is it that your skills, ability, and experiences could enable you to do that would make a difference in the lives of other people -- that would add significance to your life in place of mere success?

Jim Hughes is a Christian life coach helping people make successful career changes. To learn more about how coaching could benefit you in making your career change or to contact Jim directly, visit Mapmaker Coaching.

1 Comments:

Blogger Carmella Laney said...

For me, any kind of change is always a stress. However, the idea of having a new job is nice since we can acquire some new skills and knowledge. allstudentdeals.com

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