Career change, for the Autumnal Man, is personal change. Why? Because our work defines us.
If not screamed from the rooftops, at least a thought that creeps into every Autumnal Man’s mind. Inveigling its way into your consciousness…..
The harvest season of our lives is rife with symptoms. The desire for personal change does not show itself directly. Rather, it shows itself through its symptoms: career and lifestyle changes.
Men’s identity is so bound to what they do for work that a change of career means a fundamental change in identity. It often means a change in one’s life purpose, as well. “I need a career change” is truly a cry from the heart.
It is hardly surprising then that the overriding mood for the Autumnal Man is one of change. The harvest season is also the time of the mid-life crisis, the time that we look back on the promise of our youth.
Often we see that we may not have achieved all we set out to do.
This can lead to disappointment. Disappointment can, in turn, lead to a desire to escape; addiction.
It is not only in our personal lives that we can experience a sense of dissatisfaction.
Working in change management in a large organisation often has the same results. Organisational change initiatives we have championed might have also not borne fruit.
A double-whammy, if you will.
Stress increases, personal relationships suffer. And everything is up in the air, open to renegotiation.
A change in personal circumstances often means a change of career, a change of lifestyle. Sometimes the curse can be a blessing in disguise. I need a career change, is but a symptom of greater things.
In this section you will find articles about personal change for men in the autumn of their lives. This age group is roughly 37-56 but it can extend well into the 60s.
It is the period of reassessing whether the harvest is enough to get through Winter.
Of course it is a period of change, often profound.
The articles are grouped in the main topics of career change and lifestyle changes.
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Join me and others in our journeys through this period of change in which “I need a career change!” is often but a symptom of greater things.
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