Episode 4: Best Job – Worst Job Listener Stories With Career Tips

This episode is the debut of “Best Job/Worst Job,” a focus on listener stories the fourth week of the month.

I also share a few career transition tips along the way. Best job stories include working as a claims adjuster for an insurance company and supporting clients when they face life-changing events and being a postal carrier, especially when interacting with neighbors and kids during Halloween. Worst job stories include detasseling corn during a summer in Illinois and working at a law firm with a toxic work environment.

Tips for what to do when you leave a job after being in it a long time, how to handle still feeling resentment from a prior role, and how to fill the void from missing a job that you enjoyed are included. I then wrap up with the “Reignition Recommendation” for the week.

Show Notes:

[00:26] Welcome to Reigniting You™ where we talk all things career transition for those age 40+. So happy to be here with you and with our producer, Eric.

[1:02] Now that it’s the fourth week of the month, today is the official debut of our “Best Job – Worst Job” episode. I’ll be sharing listener stories and career tips after the first break.

[4:59] First story from Jordan – his worst job was detasseling corn for a summer in Illinois. It really helped him learn the value of hard labor, though, and he slept great every night after working in the corn fields. Also great to know what you don’t want to do, even if it’s a shorter stint or early experience.

[8:11] Next story is from Tracy – her best job is current one where she’s worked as a claims adjuster at an insurance company for over 20 years. Fulfilling to help get clients through a tough and stressful time. Wondering what she’ll do when she retires or needs to stop working for one reason or another.

[9:19] Keep in mind that just because we turn a certain age or leave something we’ve been doing for a long time, it doesn’t mean that life stops or that you can’t still work in some capacity. Think about how you can potentially channel your skills and strengths into something different.

[11:31] Reminder for listeners to email or leave a voicemail at 360-436-6496 to share their “best job – worst job” stories.

[14:16] Eric shares that he was pleasantly surprised to hear that our listener working as an insurance adjuster really enjoyed that job. Stereotype is that it’s going to be dull, dry work.

[16:09] Next story from Jeannette – worked at a law firm with a bad boss and gossipy co-workers who’d badmouth you when you started to show your skills. Still has some resentment toward the firm from that experience.

[17:31] Sounds like leveling went on – wanting to pull you down to their performance level when you started to shine. Important to do what you can to let that experience go – easier said than done. Often, you have to forgive people because we’re humans. Sometimes we have to forgive ourselves too for our role in things. Can be about living in the present – what can I do today to put this experience in the past where it really needs to live?

[20:12] Final story from Carla – her best job was being a postal carrier in her hometown. Had to leave due to the physical toll – misses it and enjoyed her route, especially talking to kids and seeing their Halloween costumes. Hard to leave something you enjoyed.

[22:28] Sometimes it’s helpful to think about what you can take from that experience and replicate it elsewhere. What’s a way you can take what gave you joy and apply it in a different situation? How can you get a similar connection with people?

[24:19] Eric shares that he thinks it’s cool when people find things that they love and focus on that instead of things you don’t – makes it easier to stick with that job and do a good job.

[25:38] Remember if you’d like to submit your best or worst job stories to do that by email or leaving a voicemail at 360-436-6496.

[26:15] “Reignition Recommendation” for today – identify another skill or strength that you can transfer to another situation or environment – can be anything – showing empathy, problem solving, organizing, etc.

[27:58] Join us next Wednesday at 3:00 when our next guest, Ariel Hubbard of Hubbard Health Solutions will be here to help answer our first career transition “Question of the Month.”

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