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By Chance or by Choice

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By Tiffany A. Dedeaux

Change in careers, for the most part, is by chance or by choice.  Chance is when others make decisions for you, like your job being terminated, transferred, or changed beyond the original scope of the role. Chance is also when circumstances align to create a condition beyond your control such as not being hired because you may not fit in with the team in place, change in management that creates a change in operations, or even something greater like significant changes in the economy or storms of the century demolishing companies and leaving jobs in its wake.

Career change by choice is when you have control, such as accepting or declining a position, moving companies, or even moving cities.  These can seem like momentous choices at the time you’re confronted with them.  In the end, you are ultimately faced with the choice of staying where you are or moving on.  There is actually a risk no matter what you choose, because staying where you are does not guarantee your circumstances, job, or place of employment will stay the same, only that you think you know what to expect for the foreseeable future.

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When these two worlds collide, chance and choice, you must decide how you respond.  Do you choose to embrace the change or do you choose to resist?  The secret is, whatever you decide, you can also choose to change your mind.  Another secret is that change is always happening.  Change is a basic element of life, like air.  You cannot see it, but you can witness the effects.  Change can happen in small whispers or it can happen in big gusts.

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I am a career coach because I am fascinated by how we express and share ourselves through our work.  It can be a deeply personal act, which is why change can be both exciting and offending.  I can help you find that excitement and deal with that offense.  I work with those of you who are gasping for change, and those who are gasping trying not to let it in.  I work with those of you who are gulping change in with a glint in your eye and smile on your lips; and those who are taking it in, eyes wide with fear.

Change is your air, and I help you understand that you have a choice, how to make that choice, and how to prepare for when it happens again.

I am your career coach.  Let’s choose together.

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