Making a Career Transition for All the Right Reasons

Making a Career Transition for All the Right Reasons

I experience it on a daily basis as an HR professional. I observe people accepting positions with higher pay. People do seem to take positions for the prestige. I observe folks who remain in their current positions for far too long only to have businesses exploit them constantly. I’d want to admit that I’ve been that person.

Normally, I wouldn’t share a personal blog on this website, but I think everyone will be able to relate to it. This is a tale of two people. I’ll mention one of them, but not the other. Laura Thomson, my wife, is one of them.

You see, aside from my job and my blog, I am a husband to a lovely wife, a parent of two wonderful kids, and a regular Sunday churchgoer. Every single one of you has a story. Outside of work, something is essential to you. Should you, if not.

In Round Rock, Texas, Laura works as a nurse during labor and delivery. She works three 12-hour shifts a week on three different days. She enjoys working with patients and loves her profession. It is the most fulfilling profession in the world, as she puts it. She is intelligent, and she does a fantastic job, to put it mildly. Just last week, the Chief Nursing Officer wrote her a handwritten note complimenting her on how she handled a scenario. That is a compliment, my friends!

Her Director, a close friend, left for California about a year and a half ago to seek another opportunity. A temporary director has been in charge for the past 12 months. The interim director didn’t require a replacement until lately so that she could manage other divisions.

The head of women’s services is Laura. That means she oversees the performance of the department and controls a staff of roughly 30 nurses. She is directly responsible to the Nurse Manager, who is accountable to the Director. The former Nurse Manager was chosen for the Director post, leaving her job open. Laura was being asked to apply for the vacant position, as she had anticipated.

When my wife informed me that she would not be considering it, I never felt more proud and honored of her. I assured her that I would support her in whatever choice she made. Her response remained constant. My family is my top priority, she told me. She genuinely loves her children and our family, and she was aware of the sacrifices that would be necessary for her to accept that position. She would be on call nonstop and work five days a week. Although there wasn’t much of a pay difference, prestige was present.

She was the best applicant for the position, and the majority of those who worked with her agreed. But with children ages 3 and 6, she had clear priorities because she wanted to be the best MOTHER and WIFE possible. She didn’t care about the prestige at this point in her life.

A friend of mine experienced a similar incident. One significant difference stood up. There were no children born to the marriage. They both agreed that the wife’s request to move to a different place was a wise career move.

Soon after their relocation, the wife was approved for a second promotion in a different city. Even though it wasn’t close, they still moved. She kept moving up the ladder and had a plenty of resources, but something was still lacking. It turned out to be love. The affection they felt for one another waned as business took precedence.

They both submitted divorce papers.

So what is it going to be? When making a career transition make sure you consider all of the implications. We are only here for a short amount of time, and we might as well make the most of it!  Either way, do what you think is right for you.  You may not be like Laura, but I am sure grateful that she is who she is- it has definitely made me a better person.

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Will Thomson

Will Thomson lives in Austin, Texas, and works for Rosetta Stone as the global sales and marketing recruiter. He has been in recruitment and sales for 20 years. He has recruited some of the most sought-after talent around the globe, and is a regular blogger for the recruitment industry. Connect with Will.


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