The Dalai Lama and Career Transition

By Sunitha Narayanan

I was privileged to hear His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama speak as he accepted the International Freedom Conductor Award in Cincinnati, Ohio in October 2010. As a career coach, I reflected on his words to see how these might apply to life and work, especially for those in a life or career transition. These ideas are applicable to both career coaches and clients alike.




A transition can be painful as much as it can be joyful. The very nature of a transition is that it is temporary. The process of looking inward, having self-confidence, finding ways to connect at a personal level and showing compassion to oneself and to others has worked for the Dalai Lama. Don’t you think it should work for those of us in life and career transition?



Sunitha Narayanan is a certified career coach with a passion for connecting people and their talents to life and work opportunities. She is a co-active coach, empowering her clients to believe in their dreams, set actionable goals and actively create joy in their work lives. Her niche is working with clients on exploring and researching career ideas, writing proactive job search plans and identifying strategies for transition, work-life balance and career management issues. Sunitha enjoys writing articles on career management topics and is published in Mobility Magazine, H&R Relocation News and Career Convergence. She is with OI Partners Promark Company, a firm that offers executive coaching, leadership development and outplacement services. She can be reached at snarayanan@oipartners.net 

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Maggie Davis on Monday 04/04/2011 at 08:30AM wrote:

A thought provoking essay- integrating career and life issues we all face. Thank you.

Judi Heile on Monday 04/04/2011 at 11:21AM wrote:

Words of wisdom! Thank you, Sunitha.

CareerEase-Mila Asperin on Monday 04/04/2011 at 02:37PM wrote:

Great sourcing in producing an outstanding article for use with our clients engaged in the process of career change. Practicality leads the way. And your subject -client model, paired with the wisdom and credibility of his words will certainly make for a well documentent approach to the logistics involved in the process. Will also- certainly help to "accelerate" the intervention models we practicing career counselors may have used up to this point. A most valuable contribution to NCDA Magazine.

Mary Beth Ottke on Friday 04/08/2011 at 09:48AM wrote:

Thank you for sharing these words of hope, connectivity and compassion, Sunitha. They certainly do resonate with attitudes and state of being needed during life transitions.

Belinda Wilkerson on Tuesday 08/02/2011 at 02:51PM wrote:

Thank you for this article resonating with hope!

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