As an ex-Navy nuclear submariner, I can best describe being “adrift” as like a ship without a rudder, or a ship that has lost propulsion and is at the mercy of the waves in the ocean. The port to which the ship wants to go is beyond reach – or at least it seems to be.
The analogy to a career is that you have taken several jobs that somehow don’t seem to build the kind of clear skill mosaic that describes who you are – creating complications for you in that organizations that might benefit from your skills can’t identify you. Recruiters pass you by – or your resume just doesn’t “click” with those who are seeking to fill attractive positions that you want. They just move on to the next candidate without much ado.
This is the time to examine yourself – to carefully review where you have been, what you have done, and capture those strengths that you have and articulate who you are and what skills and assets you have acquired that are portable. Then it’s time to build for the future.
It’s never too late for such a reexamination of your skill set. Pick up the pieces that are relevant and powerful – and move on with the lessons you have learned deeply imbedded in your mind. Take a deep breath and make a commitment to BUILD – not to drift any further.
You can do it! (A good coach who has “been there . . . done that . . .” can help!
So – what are you waiting for?