Resilience is the Key to Moving Forward
Karla came to Life-Work Planning Center to get some help with her resume. She was fairly new in town and was ready to look for work. Before moving to New Ulm she lived in Wisconsin and for years she and her husband had both worked in management for the same company.
Karla worked very hard at the job and received a lot of commendations but the work was very stressful. When she and her husband divorced Karla continued to work for the company but her husband left. They had a home that they had shared and where they had raised their children and Karla wanted to be able to keep the house so that her children would have a place to come home to. Home and family has always been important to Karla and the house where they had all lived together was an important part.
In the midst of all of the changes she realized that she needed work that wouldn’t be quite so stressful and she found it in a factory making components. The new job wasn’t stressful in the same way but it was not work that she enjoyed; in addition, she wasn’t able to maintain the house on one income and had to let it go. This was very difficult but thankfully she had supportive family in Minnesota and with encouragement from them she moved to New Ulm.
Karla said, “I wanted a fresh new look for my resume from someone who didn’t know me.” She wanted to downsize it because she knew that she no longer wanted managerial work. She also knew that she didn’t want repetitive work as she had gotten in the factory. She said that Life-Work Planning Center did a “tremendous job” helping her to scale her resume toward something that she would like and also helping her recognize additional skills that she had.
After the one-to-one work on these issues she realized that she could take a class on Personal Growth and Career Development. She always likes to learn new things and so she signed up. Midway through the workshop series she was called for an interview and got her first job, a part-time job in customer service; a few months later she added an additional job in customer service. She loves customer service, and loves to be able to help customers find what they need or to answer a question that they might have about a product. She loves both of her jobs and between them works well over 40 hours a week. Because she finds them fulfilling it doesn’t seem difficult to work the extra hours.
Now her goal is to find more balance in her life and to add exercise as a regular part of her week. She has a lot of energy but wants to make sure that she lives in a way that she is able to maintain that energy. She is working on her financial goals and is thinking about the possibility of buying a house. If she does buy a house she said that it would be a ways in the future.
Right now she is very proud of the fact that she is planning for her retirement and is saving about 20% of her income towards that goal. When asked what she has learned from her experience she says, “I know that I have a strong family and that I am a strong woman who can accomplish the goals that I set for myself.”
– Jill Hahn, M.S., Peer Counselor