Biz Doc: It Has Come To This

Do You Possess “Rational Realism?”

May 2009

In the space of a few hours, I spoke to two colleagues about their next career step.  In both cases we discussed the principles found in The Rat, The Race and The Cage. But that wasn’t the exciting part of the conversations.

Both individuals expressed a willingness, dare I say eagerness, to move from Boston and Los Angeles, respectively.  Why? I tend to think it is explained in a list the individuals share in common:

  1. Educated (Bachelor degrees)
  2. Experienced in their respective fields
  3. Able to see themselves applying points 1 and 2 in new positions or new industries
  4. Willing to relocate if required – WITH full support from their spouse

These individuals know that in today’s uncertain times their next a career step simply cannot be limited by any criteria.  While both want to remain in the city where they are living today, they understand that true friends and family will remain connected thanks to nearly-free long distance calling, social networking via the Internet and cheap airfares.

I have a name for what I saw in both of them: “Rational Realism.”  Do you have it?  Or, are you hanging on to something that places an unnecessary criteria on your job search.?

There may be critical reasons to stay put in a given area – perhaps a child or spouse requires the services of a particular hospital or you are a caregiver for a family member or friend.   I am not advocating uprooting from those types of critical, and often entrenched, situations.  I AM suggesting, however, that you to be as open as possible when planning your future.

Be rational.

Be real.

A move across the state – or across the country – might be an welcome experience AND start the next phase of your career.

“Closing time, you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.”
Closing Time – Semisonic


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