Practical Advice for the In-Between

Last year, one of my dear friends from HEC made a big job change. After having just moved his family from Africa to France, he decided to leave the security of his multi-national company without having another job lined up. 

This friend and colleague is one of those people with whom you always feel seen and heard; everyone loves being around him. He’s sophisticated yet laid back and always ego-less. His presence has an aura of wisdom, which made me even more intrigued by his decision and wanting to know more. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask: 

“If someone were to leave her job without moving directly into the next one,

what advice would you give for the 'in-between?'” 


His response was simple, practical, and actionable:

“From day one, be disciplined about creating structure.

Set your alarm for the normal time, go to the gym, shower and get dressed,

then get to work (even if you aren't going to an office).”


For those seeking their next big thing during this time, another friend adds:

"Set goals for how many and the types of jobs you'll apply for, and

never slow down because you felt that an interview went well."


I'd also add: before you set your goals, strategically map out what you want and why you want it. We're changing jobs more often than ever before: every 2 1/2 - 3 years!

Think about: What's your end game, and what work will get you closer to your ultimate desired state through helping you acquire new skills, contacts, experience in an industry, etc?


PS - A Grown-Up Bored List if you have some time on your hands this summer.


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