Most of us have made very practical job choices over our lifetime.

Dr. Geri Puleo, a career consultant, challenges us to evaluate our jobs in relation to vocation.

“When you were 5 years old, your parents asked you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When you were 17, your guidance counselor asked you, “What are you going to do when you graduate?” or “What college are you going to?” When you started your career, your manager asked you, “How far do you want to go in this company?” But when you were laid off, you finally asked yourself, “What am I going to do with my life?”

Perhaps that should have been the first question you answered.”

Throughout our career life, circumstances often dictate why we go in certain directions. We choose a college because it feels like a ‘cool place’ or it’s far enough away from home, pick a major because we like a professor or there are more job choices, take a job because it pays well, switch fields because our significant other moves to a new city — seldom do we search our heart for what’s really important. Maybe this time is different.


Spend a few minutes revisiting those key decision points in your life and reflect on the criteria which drove those decisions. What were the positive and/or negative outcomes? What lessons might have been learned?

Thomas Bachhuber, Ed.D., President of the Board and Executive DirectorThomas Bachhuber, Ed.D.
President of the Board and Executive Director for The Center for Life Transitions. Tom is responsible for overall Center leadership and strategy. His individual coaching/counseling as well as workshops and retreats focus on integrating leading career development ideas with spiritual exploration. Read more.