Being in job transition
Starting your own business
Approaching transition into retirement
In working with individuals for 20 years about job changes, I have discovered it is common for professionals to feel like they are going through a relationship breakup in leaving their job – including for starting their own business, returning to school, applying at nonprofits or pursuing a startup. Feelings of sadness can emerge during the career transition.
This makes sense because it is leaving behind colleagues with whom you have developed close working relationships. Moving on to a better job can also bring up feelings of guilt about leaving colleagues behind. Anticipating these feelings during the job change can assist you to understand that it is part of the change process.
“Consider financials, quality of work life, opportunities to find meaning latitude for personal growth, flexibility for family time and non-work pursuits. These are the ingredients for a balanced scorecard for career satisfaction.”
~ Ron Ashkenas
Starting your own business
How do you know if you can pull off creating your own business? It is common for baby boomers to retire from their main career and start a part-time business whether consulting or offering a new service or product. Understanding the personal issues and goals of a new business can be challenging It is helpful to have a few counseling sessions to clarify your emotions about starting this new venture.
In addition, we can collaborate so you can develop realistic short-term solutions along the various phases of starting your own business. Operating your own business requires you to develop a new set of skills – developing a business website, promotions, networking, accounting, taxes, industry regulations—to name a few. The overall purpose is to find creative ways to balance your needs for retirement and relaxation while at the same time, starting your new business.
“Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.”
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
What is your personal vision for your retirement? Besides the financials, have you created a purpose for this important chapter in your life? For individuals who are financially secure, there are still issues that emerge – how to handle the isolation and loneliness, how much time to spend with family members, how to create intimacy with your partner after years in the workforce, how to maintain some workplace friendships, how to volunteer and give back to your community, how to negotiate with your partner differences in how money and time are used, and how to handle an acute medical illness in a family member.
Becoming a Healthcare Advocate
Medical issues become a paramount concern for most retiring baby boomers. We all want to live our life to the fullest even while handling various medical conditions. It is useful to learn how to advocate for yourself and family members with physicians and medical personnel – whether it is in an outpatient, emergency department, or inpatient facility.
Functioning as our own healthcare advocate requires becoming vigilant about our health issues and assertive with our healthcare providers. I have had 20 years experience navigating healthcare systems and can provide assistance in healthcare advocacy for you and your family members.