Have you put your dreams on hold?
Is there something you really want to do, but you believe you don’t have the time or the money to go after it?
My client, “Diane,” had put her dream on the back-burner for years. When I met her, she was burned-out in her career as a financial manager and ready to take a chance on real fulfillment. But she couldn’t figure out how to make it happen.
She had always been passionate about fitness and nutrition, and dreamed of teaching or coaching other people about health and wellness. But the idea of starting over and losing her income and benefits almost stopped her in her tracks. She was delighted to discover that a bridge job would allow her to support herself during her transition.
What is a bridge job?
A bridge job is either full-time or part-time work that can provide you with the time, energy, and cash flow you need while you transition into a new career or even retirement.
Four common bridge job options are to:
1. Stay with your current employer, even if you’re not totally happy there. Think of it as temporary. Since you already know how to do your job, you’ll be able to devote more energy to preparing for your dream career. This option may not be for you if your job requires lots of hours or travel.
2. Take a less demanding position, either part-time or full-time, using the skills you already have. The idea here is to look for more flexibility and less responsibility. You might also consider working with temp agencies or for companies that need short-term or project-based help.
3. Ease into your new career. Look for part-time or entry-level positions in your new field or industry. These jobs probably won’t pay well and may require learning new skills, but you’ll gain experience and contacts you can use later.
4. Cobble together several sources of income to support you through your transition. Just a few examples: walking dogs, driving people to appointments, consulting, or teaching as an adjunct. This is a great way to explore new interests and have some fun at the same time.
After looking at the possibilities, Diane decided her best option would be to leave her demanding job, cut back on expenses, and take a part-time job while she enrolls in a short-term training program to prepare her for certification.
Diane is on her way to becoming a wellness coach and instructor. She’s focusing on creating networking contacts in her new field, and is looking forward to beginning an internship this summer.
If there’s a dream you’ve put on the back-burner, take it off now before you forget it’s there. There are ways to create a bridge to what you most want. As Diane discovered, following your dreams is largely a matter of re-prioritizing how you spend your time and finally putting the focus on what’s most important to you.
Which bridge job option would work best for you?