Time For A Career Change?

Katie is calling because her husband refinances loans for Citi Mortgage, and he’s decided he wants to find another job after listening to Dave. Dave thinks they need to slow down a little bit before jumping out of his career.

QUESTION: Katie in Fort Worth is calling because her husband refinances loans for Citi Mortgage, and he’s decided he wants to find another job after listening to Dave. He’s making $100,000 a year now, and they have no debt but their home. Dave thinks they need to slow down a little bit before jumping out of his career.

ANSWER: Let’s slow down just a little bit. I’m not going to throw him under the bus for continuing to work at a place that’s feeding his family. But being there two years from now would not be a plan. He’s going to be miserable. You need to always with your career do something that’s consistent with your belief system, your value system, and consistent with your gifts and passions.

Instead of thinking about leaving there, he has to think about where he’s going. When you figure out what you’re aiming at, then you’re not as miserable every day because you’re developing a game plan to go to work somewhere else doing something else, and you don’t feel as trapped. Today, without any options or even any hint to where he’s going in the future, he feels really trapped.

I think he just has to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. He left youth ministry, got a job making good money, and now he’s realized that’s not conducive with his value system. He doesn’t feel like he’s helping people; he feels like he’s harming them. He does need to move on because that’s his conclusion. You’re just going to be miserable from that point because you feel like you don’t have integrity. You feel like a hypocrite if you continue. There are some things you can’t do after that.