In April 2016, Natasha Chetty, principal consultant at Bellwether Strategies was featured in the #myIABCstory campaign for the British Columbia branch of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The campaign shares stories of how individual IABC members have used the organization’s resources to jumpstart or accelerate their careers.
“In 2012, I was the marketing director for a law firm in downtown Vancouver. The question ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ had been part of my performance review every year and I could usually articulate a good response. That year, the question just unnerved me. I’d been doing the same kind of work for 15 years and all I could say was, “Uh…here?” and look out the window, rather than at my boss.
I had heard of career burnout before, but never personally experienced it. Until then.
I realized that every leadership responsibility at work felt beyond my capability. I had lost confidence in my skills and I felt isolated. I couldn’t imagine what I wanted, let alone articulate it….”