Create your list of 'must haves' for job

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Have you ever watched the home design show, Love It or List It? Each episode of the show focuses on helping a couple who have outgrown their home and are trying to decide whether they should renovate and stay, or to list their home and move.

The couple meets with David Visentin, a Realtor, and Hilary Farr, a designer, to discuss the couple’s must-haves to stay and their must-haves for a new home.

Visentin takes the couple’s must-haves to find a new home and Farr takes the couple’s must-haves to renovate the home. The couple may choose to stay or choose to sell despite the renovation.

In each episode of Love It or List It, I noticed that Vistentin and Farr always struggle to meet all of the couple’s must haves with the budgets they are given to work with. More often than not, the couple is often forced to readjust their expectations once faced with multiple unforeseen roadblocks relating to renovating of their home or finding the ideal new home.

As a career coach, I have worked with individuals who would tell me that they “love” their careers but feel that they have outgrown them and/or have become disenchanted. They often find themselves asking the question, “Do I stay or leave?”

You might also be asking yourself the same question.

As a career coach, I found myself drawn to the format of Love It or List It, which includes having the couple give their must-haves lists and give a specific dollar amount on what they are willing to spend toward the renovation of their home, and toward a new home. They also learn the value of their home after the renovation.

I feel that this approach is appropriate for any person who is considering whether to stay or to leave their jobs/careers.

Leaving a career or job is a major decision and one that should not to be taken lightly.

On the other hand, staying in a job or career that is no longer challenging or rewarding might be just as counterproductive. More often than not, when faced with the decision to stay in or leave a job, many individuals will often choose the path of least resistance. They opt not to leave.

However, if you are someone who is willing to take the “road less traveled” and leave your current job or career in pursuit of something different, here are a few suggestions that you may find helpful:

• Create a list of your must-haves to stay in your current job and/or career. Do you have the power to redesign or revamp your current job or career? If not, it might be time to change.

• Compose a second list of your must-haves that you are seeking in a new job and/or career. Where do you want to go from here? Are you willing to pay the price? If so, move forward.

• Know your return on investment and your return on time. What you are willing to invest in time, and money to realize this goal?

• Trust that you have what it takes to realize your full potential even if it means changing jobs and/or career. You can either love it or leave it.

DEBBIE WALKER IS A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR AND CERTIFIED JOB AND CAREER TRANSITION COACH. SHE CAN BE REACHED AT (706) 550-5008.


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