I recently underwent an operation that has left me unable to carry out some of the heavy lifting that I have to do at work. I have spoken to my employer and they have said that they will let me stay until I find another job that is more suitable for me. I have been with this company for twenty years and I don't know where to start.
You need some one on one support and I suggest that you contact your GP for a 'health plan' referral to a psychologist for emotional health support and a physiotherapist for physical health support. The Career Development Association at http://www.cdaa.org.au/ should be able to give you information about a career counsellor close to you. I also suggest identifying your personal strengths by going to http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx and completing the VIA Survey of Character Strengths. This exercise should help you to gain a little insight into what transferable strengths you have. Is there another role within the company that would be better suited to your new abilities? If yes, discuss your potentials with the relevant person and identify what training you might need to do to apply yourself to this role, if applicable. The most important message is to take care of your health issues first and a support group of people, who are also looking to make a career change, could help. Contact your local Council for information about what employment and training support organisations there are in your locality and contact these organisations with advise about your situation and ask for their help. The best way to manage a change of this magnitude is to firstly make a list of all of the stabilising influences in your life. The things that will not be changing in the short term. Focus on these stabilising factors and treat this change as an adventure for the end result will be better physical and mental health that are in favour of your post operative needs. You need a change plan to help you discipline your career change and this web site might be able to help https://www.changeanything.com/. This site may also be of use http://www.interviewgold.com.au/. A change of this nature usually takes about three months when focused on doing. It is also important to retain a sense of humour and to know how to relax http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSwNsMTZtFk.
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