Recovering from a divorce can be emotionally and financially challenging. On the other hand, it can also open the door to great opportunities. For some, life after divorce is a time for self-discovery and pursuing passions that may have been sidelined during the marriage. Whether you’re considering a new career out of need or want, there are a few things you should know before you start.
- Be thoughtful and patient. As you search for new career options, it may be tempting to jump at the first opportunity or opening. This is especially true if you’re experiencing financial pressure to start working. Keep in mind that the best approach for securing your own success and fulfillment should be a deliberate one. Consider making a list of your interests and the potential careers you’d like to pursue. Not sure you have the necessary skills? It’s better to create a plan to develop them than it is to settle for something else. The process may be challenging, so it’s important to stay positive and focused on your goal.
- Be responsible and plan ahead. Ideally, you should pursue a fulfilling and rewarding career without sacrificing adequate pay and job security. You will also need a strong benefits package that includes health care, especially if coverage was previously with your ex-spouse’s place of employment. And even if you and your ex are splitting retirement assets, you should continue to save on your own. Work with a financial planner to create a plan for your wellbeing and your future financial security.
- Use the many resources available to help you. The internet is a good place to start when searching for a new career. But don’t overlook the additional tools at your disposal. Check in with your local library and government employment offices for guidance and assistance. They may offer employment-related services such as training referrals and career counseling. Already have a particular career in mind? Start by reaching out to people you know who already work in that area, and ask for their help. Finally, don’t forget to network with old connections, share your resume, ask for introductions and join relevant business or industry groups.
No matter the circumstances, divorce is a difficult time in your life. A fulfilling and rewarding career can help with the healing. It can also help you regain control of your life. Stay positive and embrace this new opportunity.
Dr. David Lowenstein is a Columbus, Ohio-based psychologist with more than 35 years of experience. He conducts individual, family, and group therapy sessions in his German Village office and also via telehealth. Dr. Lowenstein is also available for expert forensic testimony, and for educational workshops and presentations. He is frequently called upon as an expert source for print, radio, and broadcast media. Contact Dr. Lowenstein at Lowenstein & Associates, 691 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43206, or call 614.443.6155 or 614.444.0432.