a. Given what I know about this disease, what tasks or roles am I doing or might be expected to do on this career “ladder” that worsening disease symptoms might make difficult? b. How could this affect my career success? Do I need to adjust my expectations or adjust my career choice? 2. Develop the strategies that will take health into consideration and allow you to achieve your career goals. Ask yourself:
a. Can accommodations be made to allow me to do these tasks/roles? b. What would that require from me and/or the organization in which I’m working? 3. Consider alternative career plans. Ask yourself:
a. Is there a different career path that I might pursue, building on what I’ve done so far, that would give me more options? b. What skills or training would I need to make this happen? c. Is there a career that is completely different from what I’ve done that would give me more options and more satisfaction? d. What skills or training would I need to make this happen? Anyone, healthy or not, should ask these kinds of questions. The smartest career move you can make is to choose an arena to play in that gives you multiple options and the flexibility you might need with unpredictable health.
Rosalind Joffe, the chronic illness career coach, is the author of Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend. She can be found at her website: http://cicoach.com, her blog: http://WorkingWithChronicIllness.com and on Twitter: @WorkWithIllnesss.