When we are young, we have high expectations; we look ahead to wonderful accomplishments and we are certain that our hard work, career devotion, and arduous preparation will pay off.
Whether our career goal is to make a fortune, gain recognition and status, or do interesting or challenging work, there's nothing we cannot do. We are energized and raring to go.
Many of us sacrifice time with our family or friend for the sake of our career. Some of us delay starting a family or decide not to marry in order to devote ourselves fully to our profession.
We do not anticipate what might happen if our career goals are not met. We do not worry much about hitting the glass ceiling, we do nor anticipate
that the company to which we devote our lives will down size and put us out on the street at age 50.
We do not believe that by age 30 we will have achieved the most responsable position we will ever have, and we do not foresee
having a abusive boss who places unreasonable demands on our time and energy.
We cannot imagine that our creative ideas will go unrewarded, we do not believe we are capable of making an error that cannot be fixed, and we do not
view ourselves having a physical illness or handicap.
We know such things, but we do not plan or prepare for them any more than we anticipate other predictable, unfortunate events in our lives.
However career barrier are not unusual and never have been. They are ordinary experiences.
They can happen, but we do not plan or prepare for them any more than we anticipate to the unpredictable, unfortunate events in our lives.
However career barriers are not unusual and never have been. They are ordinary experiences. They can happen to anyone in any walk of life, executive or secretary, artist or mechanic, physician or janitor.
Some career barriers pop up out of nowhere, like a major accident. Others emerge slowly from daily pressures of life. People feel them deeply and painfully regardless of how and why they happen.
Consider the young faculty member who fails to get tenure, the politician who lose the election, the employees who lose their jobs because of a company merger, the worker whose function is outsourced i.e., the firm
decides to hire an outside company to do the work and the business person whose trusted partners break away to start their own firm down the street.
Consider how we react when the economy turns sour; business does not run out as rosy as we had hoped: our boss has no compassion, only demands; or a younger seemingly brighter person is hired.
Some people encounter career barriers because of physical problems brought on by an accident or illness. Still others create their own career barriers. They make a career choice that did not pan out, or they were unable to make the grade.
There is no easy way to prevent or overcome a career barrier. Just as many forces may cause a barrier, often forces beyond our control, many factors make overcoming the barrier difficult. New jobs are not readily available, especially for older workers. Financial obligations cannot be ignored so we cannot go back to school and start afresh. Time, waning motivation, and possibly bitterness all work against us.
Career barriers are somewhat in the eye of the beholder, because the event that seems traumatic to one person may be a growth experience to another.
Source: Manual London:"how people experience, overcome, and avoid failure"