It doesn’t matter what age you are … when you find out your career is over, it’s devastating. I was determined to be a T.V. news producer. That was my goal. My dream. I had so many plans surrounding this job description.
After 5 years in the field, my job was eliminated, my personal life was torturous and I didn’t know where to go from here.
This was 2009 and labels meant everything to me. Being a T.V. news producer was my job title goal. Being a news producer meant something to me. I was proud to tell people this was my job and I was determined to fulfill my destiny to tell stories as a local news producer.
I didn’t know what to do because the only option to remain a news producer
So it was time to move on. But when your heart isn’t ready to come to agreement with your mind, you find yourself a bit stuck.
How to Recover When Your Career Is Over
Here’s how I recovered and finally regained my confidence.
- Take the time to grieve. It’s hard to accept a change – especially when you didn’t ask for this change to happen and perhaps weren’t prepared. However, don’t dwell. This isn’t time for a pity party. It’s time for you to come to terms and let go.
- Reassess your value. What skills do you have? What would make you invaluable to an employer? You may have to tweak your resume a bit, but that’s okay! You probably needed to do that anyway and this will be a great way to freshen it up.
- Network and connect. Since you’ve been in a job you were happy (or at least comfortable in) for a number of years, it’s likely you haven’t reached beyond your current network in a while. This is a good time to explore other interests (not even necessarily professional!) Have you always wanted to join a running group but your work schedule prevented it? Go run! Meet people while you’re there and you never know who may be able to lead you to your next great career.
Just because my desired career is over, it didn’t mean I didn’t have a lot to offer! I just found my niche and have continued to grow and evolve it! I talk more about my career in my podcast My First Dollar. Check it out and leave a review!