When we think about high stress industries, we think about policemen, firemen, first responders, nurses and doctors to name a few. It’s clear that these people are confronted with violence, pain and danger on a regular basis. So when we hear that IT is a high stress industry, it can be hard for some to make the jump. No danger, no pain, no violence – no big deal, right?
The infamous, ephemeral work life balance. Family. Career. Success. Personal Fulfillment. Is it really possible to “have it all”? I think so. But I also think it’s a life’s work. Work/life balance may seem impossible to maintain at certain points in life. When you get married. When your children are very small. When you just got that promotion. When you are in survival mode.
As I have said my goodbyes at IBM over the last few days, it seems every person I have talked to is at a turning point in their careers. Turns out there is no age at which this happens specifically, which shouldn’t have surprised me. I don’t know about you, but I landed in marketing purely by chance.