Career Calling

July 28, 2015

Bad Career Advice from Mom

 

Jim (not his real name) is a client who’s having trouble with his job search.  He graduated with a degree in Marketing in 1998 and worked in marketing positions for two large firms over the next ten years.  In 2008, he was laid off with tens of thousands of other Americans.  His job search did not go well.  His mother had a contact that got Jim a job in customer service, a position he held for the next seven years.  Now, he wants to look for work in marketing, not customer service.  He has taken a part-time job in retail that will let him take his time and be selective in finding a position in the field he loves.  The problem is his mom.  She worked in customer service for 30 year and has broad industry contacts.  She is pressuring Jim to take another call in a field he has no passion for.  She says he needs to get a job as soon as possible.  That advice is terrible.  Jim’s strengths are in marketing, and he enjoyed great success over his first 10 years in the field.   I recommended that Jim does what he wants to do.  The easiest job to get is often the worst one to take.

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