Figuring Out a New Career Now That You Have Spasmodic Dysphonia
by Dorothy Tannahill-Moran
Most working people with spasmodic dysphonia that I’ve met have reported how their career got derailed with the onset of the disorder. I’ve heard from those who quit jobs due to the frustration of not fully performing all the way to getting fired. It’s not a happy time when your plans fall apart.
In addition to the hit your self-esteem takes with the loss of your job, you’re left with the question: “Now what do I do?” It’s almost as much fun as a root canal. I’m not about to tell you to get over it. The loss you feel is very real and the lack of clarity about what you should do can be troubling. I’d like to offer up some insight on changing careers as well as a process for you to use to arrive at an answer. Some insight:
Use other resources
There are scores of books available to aid you in making a career decision that is excellent. I would pick one and stick with it rather than refer to several as you’ll find each one different and that is because there is more than one path to lead you to your decision. Of course, an optional resource is a career coach to aid you with the process and to keep you accountable. I call it optional as cost is involved and that may not be something your budget will allow.
In our age of immediate gratification, we are looking for quick and easy answers to everything. This is a big decision. If you lose patience and give up only to launch a job search, you have done yourself a big disservice. If this were a simple to answer task, you would already know the answer. Have patience with the process and most of all – yourself. I read a statistic a few years ago. It said most people spend more time planning their vacation than planning their career. Now is the time for you to invest time and energy in you. It will pay off in big ways.