The Seven W.A.R.N.I.N.G. Signs of Career Distress

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You are no longer learning and feeling challenged. In many cases, your career has lulled you into complacency. You have been a good soldier, performing as expected and, thus, allowing others to control your destiny. In doing so, you have not actively managed your career. But when something (such as a significant company change) forces you to finally look around, you discover your job has become something you never wanted it to be.

Tip: Reassess your career goals and ambitions. This may be the time for reinvention by learning new skills or potentially finding a new employer.

According to certified executive coach and author Peter C. Diamond, midlife is supposed to be the time when we should have it all. In actuality it's more like, "My life is more complicated than I ever imagined and my career is not turning out as I had hoped. I'm at a crossroads."
Perhaps the most difficult part about finding your career in flux is that this is the time when you have the most to give. And yet, you are feeling the most vulnerable grappling with knowing if your company considers you valuable, someone who will continue to be rewarded and given challenging assignments. And whether this is consistent with how you rate your contributions and value to the company.

To dig out of your doldrums, start by bringing awareness to your current circumstances and the truths that exist. To create awareness, you have to have the ability and presence of mind to step back and see your current situation for what it is. While everyone's situation is highly personal, some common themes are consistent with what most people experience. This slideshow features what Diamond refers to as the seven W.A.R.N.I.N.G. signs of distress.

Peter C. Diamond, "The Amplify Guy," is the author of Amplify Your Career and Life: 4 Steps to Evaluate, Assess and Move Forward. He is a professionally trained, certified coach. He works with hundreds of senior-level executives and others to guide them through change, ranging from navigating career shifts and creating better work-life fulfillment to greater career and leadership enlightenment, and renewed self-respect. His corporate clients include Leo Burnett, United Airlines, National Association of Realtors, Razorfish, mcgarrybowen, Fresenius Kabi, PVS Chemicals, Human Rights Watch and Intelligentsia Coffee. For more information, please visit and connect with him on Twitter, @petercdiamond.


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