The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 25, 2013

Career Coach: Mid-career transition, job change fear

Q: I am mid-career and have been working for the same company for close to 20 years. I recently found out that when my current project funding is up in two to six months, my services will no longer be needed. Unfortunately, because of government cuts, my whole industry is in retrenchment. To further complicate matters, I have some serious health issues that make it difficult for me to search for a new position (advanced cancer). On the plus side, I may qualify for long-term disability. But I feel like I have more to offer.

A: I am so sorry to hear about your health issues. I would imagine that dealing with these issues is certainly stressful enough, without having to worry about job issues.

You sound like you are still very interested in working. Full or part-time? Of course, some of this may depend on your health, I am sure. One thing to think about if you have to leave your firm: Are there competitor firms that you might apply to given your extensive experience in your industry? Can you see if any of them are hiring, even for part-time or consulting work (if appropriate given your background)?

Is this a time to also think about what else you might do? Maybe consulting work, teaching, etc.? It might be a good time to meet with a career coach to see what other options you might have, especially if you decide you need to work part-time.

Job Market

Q: I am a federal contractor and have been for the past 10+ years. I wish I was in another field as the current uncertainty with the federal government is too much. I am sure I am not alone and that makes the thought of finding a new job even harder.

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