A recent edition of U.S. News and World Report states that 2.5 million people were laid off in the past year, the highest number since the government began tracking layoffs 7 years ago. What does this mean to career coaches and other career development professionals? There’s an unlimited market of clients for us!
We often talk about career coaching as being the one coaching specialty that is recession-proof. This is why: when the economy is booming, many people begin seeking more of the good stuff: a promotion, career change, to finally start their own business, to fulfill what psychologist Abraham Maslow calls Self-Actualizationneeds. Career coaches can help.
When the economy busts, as it has over the past year, some people go into survival mode (the lowest level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs), and hang onto even an unfulfilling job for dear life. And when they lose that job, they may need guidance in navigating today’s ever-changing job market. Career coaches can help.
Another possible response (which we have seen in a number of clients we and our coaches serve) (especially combining the recession with the events of 9/11) is to stop postponing fulfillment. People realize that they are not guaranteed anything in this life, and may discover that they are spending 8-10 hours each day serving a purpose that does not have meaning for them. So suddenly, they’re willing to do some introspection, to go deeper within themselves to explore why they’re really here, their life purpose or reason for being and what role their work can play within that purpose. Career coaches can help.
In going through recent health challenges, people often comment that I find a way to see the positive side of any situation. And that is by design! I don’t consider myself a Pollyanna by any means, but I am committed to thriving during any change, while building my resources of resilience and optimism. It’s a great learning for each of us.
I view the service I give to our students, clients, and readers as my greatest privilege. If you feel drawn to a career in which you can help people tap into what has most meaning and passion for them, and help them do it every day, then I encourage you to read further! We have redesigned our curriculum for spring and are offering some new in-person sessions this summer that may help you respond to that inner urging to try something new for yourself. May you find exactly what you’re looking for!
Marcia Bench, Founder and Director
Career Coach Institute
ARE YOU A CULTURAL CREATIVE?
Do you hold some values and beliefs that don’t seem to be supported by the masses? Feel like you’re a little “strange” or “alone” in your beliefs? You may not be as alone as you thought! So-called “Cultural Creatives,” so named by Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson, are a growing force in the world. There are…are you ready?…more than 50 million people in the U.S. who “think different” and another 50 million in Europe (http://www.culturalcreatives.org) And most of them, even though they’re part of a huge global movement that’s creating the new answer’s we’ve got to have to make it in the 21st Century, think they’re “strange”and all alone.
Are you a Cultural Creative? You are, if you:
__ 1. Love nature and are deeply concerned about its destruction
__ 2. Are strongly aware of the problems of the whole planet (global warming, overpopulation, sustainability,
human rights, etc.) and want action on them
__ 3. Would pay more taxes or more for consumer goods if you could know the money would go to clean up the environment and stop global warming
__ 4. Place a great deal of importance on developing and maintaining your relationships
__ 5. Place a lot of value on helping other people and bringing out their unique gifts
__ 6. Volunteer for one or more good causes
__ 7. Care intensely about both psychological and spiritual development
__ 8. See spirituality or religion as important in your life, but are concerned about the role of the Religious Right in politics
__ 9. Want more equality for women at work, and more women leaders in business and politics
__ 10. Are concerned about violence and the abuse of women and children around the world
__ 11. Want our politics and government spending to put more emphasis on children’s education and well-
being, on rebuilding our neighborhoods and communities, and on creating an ecologically sustainable future
__ 12. Are unhappy with both the Left and the Right in politics, and want to find a new way that is not in the mushy middle
__ 13. Tend to be somewhat optimistic about our future, and distrust the cynical and pessimistic view that is
given by the media
__ 14. Want to be involved in creating a new and better way of life in our country
__ 15. Are concerned about what the big corporations are doing in the name of making more profits: downsizing, creating environmental problems, and exploiting poorer countries
__ 16. Have your finances and spending under control, and are not concerned about overspending
__ 17. Dislike all the emphasis in modern culture on success and “making it,” on getting and spending, on
wealth and luxury goods
__ 18. Like people and places that are exotic and foreign, and like experiencing and learning about other
ways of life.
If you checked more than ten, you’re a Cultural Creative, and the odds are heavy you spend time wondering if you’re “normal” or “strange” because you keep asking yourself questions everyone else runs from.
But take heart…you’re not only normal, you’re where the world’s headed. Into a brave new future that absolutely demands entirely new answers that are way out of the old boxes we’ve been living in all our lives.
Will you feel like an alien? Sure…but one thing’s certain: you are *not* alone.
From “Out of the Box”, a weekly newsletter by
Pat Lynch. (602) 689-7904 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (And endorsed by the leadership of CCI!)
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