- I'm a lousy networker and hate doing it.
- Although I've been successfully self-employed for 18 years, if I were to do it all over again, I wouldn't want to endure the hassles of self-employment.
- Despite what the media implies, I believe this country is getting ever more socialist, so the good jobs will increasingly be in the government sector.
- I don't believe in spending much time on self-assessment. Too often, you do an inventory of all your skills, interests, values and workplace desires, and you're still confused about what you want to be when you grow up, because there still are dozens of careers that fit you. Or if you've settled on one thing, it's often something that too many other people aspire to, like being a talk show host, novelist, actor, artist, journalist, musician, etc. Too small a percentage of people who aspire to such careers end up making a living at them. And too often, even if you defy the odds, you're not necessarily going to be happier. Having been a career counselor to many people in so-called dream careers, I can assure you that you're as likely to be unhappy in a "dream" career as is Joe SixPack. Think about it: How many professional athletes, performers and celebrities have problems with drug addiction, depression, etc.? People like Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain even committed suicide.
Starting Over When the Job Opportunities Vanish
To help you understand the rationale behind how I'd look for a new career, I need to explain a few things:
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