Guest Post by Carol White Llewellyn
I have often envied people who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life. My career path has been more like a canoe ride down an uncharted river.
I ride the river until I see some interesting place to disembark, and I descend from my canoe to explore the territory. Sometimes on these excursions, I’ve stayed a matter of weeks or months (for temporary or consulting positions) and other times, I’ve dwelled there many years when the rewards, learning and friendships were rich. I’ve always tried to give as much as, or more than, I’ve take away.
It’s often difficult to get back in the canoe, especially when I’ve been happy where I was, and if I suspect the waters through which I must pass will be turbulent and the land ahead, possibly less welcoming.
Yet I venture on, secure in the knowledge that each stop I’ve made has enriched me, that my canoe is full of tools and resources, knowledge and memories gathered along the way that further prepare me to handle whatever comes along. I am confident that what I’ve learned will greatly contribute to the people and places that welcome me into their midst in the future.
If you are in search of your next landing, take stock of the wealth of resources you have gathered in your canoe, even those collected in long-ago ports and distant lands. You never know which of your valuable assets will steer you to your next port ‘o call.
In appreciation to Hannah Morgan for her support and guidance through turbulent waters.
With best regards,
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.