All of us go through regular cycles in our careers. A career Turning Point is a time in our lives when we are looking for new direction. A Turning Point typically shows up about every 7 to 10 years of adult life between ages 18 and 85. These are critical times in your life where big decisions could lead to big change, both in work and in life.
The hallmarks of a Turning Point are reflection, asking yourself questions about your current level of enjoyment, or wondering about other options. A Turning Point can feel like a crisis whether or not it is precipitated by a specific event.
Decisions made at these stages of life may or may not result in drastic change; sometimes a 5% adjustment can make all the difference. They are times when we are most open to making changes—changes that we’ll pursue or implement over the next several years. Turning Points aren’t all bad, by any means. They are a time for careful introspection, an excellent time to stop, evaluate what is and is not working, and make adjustments as needed.
In her third article in a series on the significance of creating a Personal Vision, Anne Whitaker, M.S., J.D., explains the eight crucial Turning Points of your life.
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