We just witnessed the end of an era.
After a lifetime of service to her country, the reign of Queen Elizabeth II came to an end — a sad day for so many worldwide.
We also witnessed a new beginning, as the man we’ve always known as Prince Charles transitioned into his role as King Charles III.
At nearly 74 years old, he’s stepping into a job he’s been planning and training for since childhood. Talk about succession planning!
As a career coach, I can’t help but find this fascinating.
While most of us set out to land a job that best suits us, we often make compromises that land us where we never expected to be. We don’t always get to follow the plan we charted from the start.
When Queen Elizabeth took the throne at age 26, she declared that no matter how long or short her life was, she was committed to being of service.
If you’ve ever been in survival mode, you might find yourself muttering “must be nice.” Being of service is a whole lot easier if paying the bills isn’t at the forefront of your mind. But hear me out…
If you’re finding yourself in a career conundrum right now, with no idea where to turn next, you’ll find your answer in their story.
I know, I know — it might not seem relatable.
But like Charles, you’ve been preparing for something all these years too. Like Elizabeth, you can answer the call to service too. Sure, you don’t have the royal family’s coffers behind you, but we’re all human, and we all have the ability to make the most of our lot in life.
Think about it. Ask yourself:
- What do I have? What are my skills? What is my training?
- Where are the places I’ve been fortunate enough to be that have prepared me to be of service?
- What are the experiences that have built my career and life to this point?
Here’s a hint: The answers aren’t in your resume.
Think about the big picture. Consider what you’ve overcome. Reflect on the things that made you who you are on a deeper level. This isn’t about job titles or tasks completed; it’s about who you’ve become in the process.
We opened up registration for our new and improved (and sweetly priced) Now What?® Experience, where participants will do the “soul search” before the job search with our guidance and support. We close registration Tuesday at midnight eastern. You can still join us there!