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Issue 47 - 04 | Escaping Corporate America: Changing Your Career Can Change Your Life

By Pamela Skillings
Published June 4, 2008 8:16 p.m.
You can find meaningful work in corporations, but if the company values are too different from your own or if you are stuck in a job that doesn’t tap into your talents, it’s probably time to escape. Too often, corporate jobs revolve around meetings and bureaucracy and don’t offer you enough opportunities to do work that you can truly feel good about. Over time, the stress of staying in a job you hate can lead to burnout, depression, anxiety, ulcers, chronic back pain, high blood pressure, and even serious heart conditions.

You may think that this is the price you have to pay for stability. But make no mistake, whatever job stability you think you enjoy is an illusion. Layoffs are standard operating procedure for corporations these days. No career choice is completely stable and risk free anymore. So if you’re going to take a risk anyway, shouldn’t you at least do it in pursuit of your passion?

About Pamela Skillings | Pamela Skillings walked away from the security of a six-figure job and a twelve-year corporate career to start her own business in 2005. Her company, Skillful Communications, provides consulting and coaching on communication and career development issues for organizations and individuals. Pamela frequently lectures around the country on career topics and is a regular contributor to About.com and print publications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a certificate in adult career planning and development, both from New York University. Pamela currently lives in New York with her husband. For more information, please visit www.escapefromcorporate.com.

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