When my parents generation thought of life after corporate America, they thought of golden years, retirement, pension and lots of free time. Today, for all of us baby boomers, life takes on a new form. I didn't really think I'd start my own business. So how did I get here?
The last 3 years in corporate America was a catalyst for starting my own business. As happens to many, my department was undergoing leadership changes. We were downsized and shifted into another area that took the focus off our real net worth. The core purpose of our role was slowly unraveling. I started to envision myself as a freelancer and began talking to others that were already contracting with the company I was working for. What did they do and how did they secure their business contracts?... This would be a great future role for me! The time came when our entire department was eliminated – I was not surprised or disappointed – I was ready. Ready to sign my first contract! Three months later, I signed a contract for 6 months with the same company I just left. Then, the contract was extended for 6 more months! I was thrilled to be working as an independent contractor!
So my new career was off and running. It was full steam ahead and I still have a lot to learn. Next week, we'll take a closer look at managing career transition.