Jeannie C. on February 8, 2010
I was recently diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer (about 1-1/2 weeks ago). My appointment at the Cancer Center hasn't been confirmed yet, so I feel very in limbo since I'm not 100% clear on next steps.
I quit my job about 5 months ago because I was burnt out and also because I wanted to focus on a career transition. It's been a challenge job searching, but I feel positive that I'll find a job in the new industry I want to be in (I've been networking a lot, volunteering with a professional organization to make connections, etc). But now that I've been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, I'm not sure what my strategy should be for my job search/career transition.
I'm currently on COBRA for health insurance, and working a part-time retail job for extra cash. I quit my previous job for a purpose and still want to pursue the career transition, but coincidentally around the time I was diagnosed a contact of mine informed me of an opportunity in my previous industry that she thought I would be interested in. Do I now start looking into jobs in my previous industry because I have the experience and have higher chances of getting hired (and of course get health insurance!)? But my previous industry was stressful and I fear that once I start treatment and medication that it will affect my work performance. Or do I focus on finding work that I know is less stressful (possibly without health insurance benefits) so that I can focus on my treatment and my health? Do I put my career transition on "pause"?
Being a natural "planner," I find myself unable to figure out my plan or unable to plan ahead. Any thoughts or suggestions?