Vocational Transitions

Unlike several generations before us, we tend not to stay at one company or job until retirement. We, I believe, attach much of our identity to our jobs and vocations. Since we are a work in progress, we tend to change jobs and vocations. Like George Eliot wrote, we are trying to become the people we’ve “always wanted to be.” I am not suggesting that changing jobs is easy and that we do it without thoughtful consideration. With any change there are losses and gains with which to contend. Nearly six years ago, I made a successful career change. I went from being a clergy person to a psychoanalyst. Although this was the right move for me, it did necessitate some grieving and some adjustments to how I viewed myself in relationship to the world. In the New Year, I will be facilitating some small groups around vocational transitions. It will be a safe space to explore fantasies of what and who you might like to become. If you’re interested in joining a group please contact me at khsenecal@hushmail.com.

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