Reinventing Your Working Identity

If the Great Recession and its chaotic aftermath have a story line, it goes something like this: “The worst economic downturn in nearly 80 years throws millions of Americans out of work – 15.4 million are unemployed at the peak, 13.1 million are still without a job two years later.

Out of that crucible, an increasing number of workers are trying to reinvent them to fit in with a fragile, fast-moving world. For some, it’s a voluntary change. For many, it isn’t. It’s a rough-and-tumble necessity. The future demands it.” – The Christian Science Monitor, Cover Story; The job-shifters: people who reinvent themselves mid-career, February 5, 2012

If the Great Recession’s employment scene has a personal voice it would say something like this:

I didn’t grow up knowing what I wanted to ‘be’, it all sort of happened. And I never realized how much of my identity was tied up in my job until I was without one for the first time in 30 years. And that I could not detect the changes in my role because I never really planned them….And it is more than a little humbling to have absolutely no idea what to do next…” – SoulSalt Inc. Reinvention Client, 2012

Most professionals are being forced to create new careers in what has been called an “unforgiving economy.

This phenomenon is so widespread that Fast Company did a Cover Story on the topic calling it Generation Flux. The Christian Science Monitor did a similar story titling it The Job-Shifters, People who reinvent themselves mid-career.

No matter what you call it, the world of work has forever changed and those of us who are choosing to earn a living must learn to adapt.

At SoulSalt Inc. we teach classes and coach individuals and groups through tried and true strategies that support you safely through the complex process of reinvention.

One such client is waist deep into crafting a new life and a new career. Having attended individual coaching sessions and investing in a 2-day intensive, Julie McLaughlin Perez has gained valuable insights into how to “earn” while she “learns” – a vital step in sustaining one’s life while completely reworking one’s career.

Join us for a free webinar to follow Julie’s tracks, the reality of reinvention from her eyes and to offer the listener tools for their own, similar process. (Please click this link to register for Reinventing Your Working Identity on Monday, December 17, 2012 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST, Limited availability.)

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