Do I have to change my career path?

Do I have to change my career path?

Since I was 21 years old, I've been mostly dedicated to my passionate work, and I've put my private life aside. Since 2 years, I live in couple and we try to have children. My work does not motivate me anymore as before and I want to explore other career paths. How do you know if this change of interest is a passing crisis or is it deeper? Who could help me make the point knowing that I am already a psychotherapist? Anita, 42

Pierre Blanc-Sahnoun

Business Coach


It's perfectly normal, Anita, to evolve and not have the same priorities, nor the same attitude to work at 42 than at 25. Our professional life is made of cycles, and to summarize roughly, say that the passionate investment of 25-35 years, succeeds between 35 and 45 years a phase of maturity that leads us either to the management of other people, or to put into perspective what we have already done to question what we really like and look for meaning in the professional activity. This search for meaning often happens around the forties: you see, what happens to you is quite classic.

You've even begun to think for yourself about directions that might be right for you. You have to prolong and deepen this reflection with a professional, who can help you to transform your ideas and projects, that is to say to evaluate their feasibility, determine how much they correspond to your deep motivations and set up an action plan to make this reorientation a success.

There are several ways to go with you. That of skills assessment seems particularly interesting, because it is more economical and better controlled than the use of personal coaches that abound but it is always difficult to evaluate, unless you know or you can be recommended someone serious.

The skills report is a right open to all employees who have been working for more than 5 years. It is funded by an organization called FONGECIF and is carried out by associations or firms approved by FONGECIF. The employer is required to let the employee take the necessary time, ie 24 hours during which all dimensions of your professional life, achievements, successes, failures, skills, motivations, skills, projects, etc. are reviewed. Attention, 24 hours mean the time spent talking with the consultant, who is often a psychologist at work, some unscrupulous providers count the time spent doing tests or personal reflection in the time of the balance sheet, which is illegal.

That's it, Anita, it's time to pick up your phone to contact the FONGECIF of your place of residence, and confirm your desire to put your activity in harmony with your life project!

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