Does Your Career Need A Reboot?

Whether you are in law enforcement or the military, there is a good chance that at some point, probably early in your career, you thought to yourself “I can’t imagine ever doing anything else.” In your mind, you had found your true calling and saw yourself staying forever, leaving only when physically unable to do the job any longer – of course you could never imagine that day coming. Then it happened. You found yourself with a new assignment, one you did not ask for or want but were forced to take “for the good of the service.” Now what do you do?

I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan and sat glued to the television for the recent Hall of Fame game. I normally do not put much stock into pre-season games, especially for the Steelers, as they are generally nothing more than tryouts for those hoping to gain a permanent spot on the roster with the real stars crowding the sidelines. I was watching to see one of my all time favorites get his moment in the spotlight as Jerome “The Bus” Bettis was inducted into the Hall of Fame. As I listened to Bettis discuss his career and achievements, I expected to hear about his trips to the Super Bowl and numerous Pro Bowl selections; what I did not expect was career advice, but that is exactly what I got when “The Bus” himself discussed rebooting his own career.

CareerDuring the interview, Bettis talked about being traded by the Rams, where he had been selected as MVP his first season, and doubting where his career was headed. During the off season he returned to Notre Dame to complete his degree, maybe in preparation for a new future, and to think about his future. While at his alma mater a mentor told him to look at his trade as a new beginning rather than an end. He went on to explain that is exactly what he did and, as anyone familiar with football knows, not only did his career continue to flourish but the best years were yet to occur.

The same can be applied to your new assignment. Regardless of why you are facing a new assignment, even an undesirable one, look at it as a new opportunity rather than the end of your last one. If you have a top notch record, there is no reason to believe it won’t carry with you. If you hit some bumps in the road, even if they caused the new assignment, look at this as a chance for a new beginning. You might not be able to wipe the slate clean, but you can at least add another chapter, a better chapter. You may still find that your original vision for the future has changed, it may even involve leaving your current career behind, but the decision will be one made after careful consideration of all the evidence rather than a spur of the moment act of desperation.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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