Making Changes and Navigating Transitions
Are you trapped in an unsatisfying job? Do you feel locked in a career but are too afraid to make a change and pursue something that really matters to you? Would you like to make more money? Or just ready to move on to something new?
Career counselling can help you take the necessary steps toward a more meaningful and rewarding career. We support individuals who whether by choice or by necessity, want to make a significant change or transition in their career.
The truth is, you should be afraid of making a change. There are risks involved in change. But there are real risks associated with staying where you are too. Especially if your job is making you miserable.
The work you do affects your wellbeing and mental health. It determines how you feel getting up each day. It impacts who you spend your life with, and how you spend your each day. Every hour you work is an investment in your future, and in the person you are becoming.
There are also risks to staying where you are too. If you are unhappy in your job now, how unhappy will you be in five years? It's likely you'll be far less happy, and you will be five years older, making change even harder.
Find What Gives You Purpose
Changing jobs can be scary. It's not as simple as quitting your job and hoping for something new. You likely have commitments and financial responsibilities that you can't walk away from. The decision might also mean leaving a well paying job, a comfortable environment and people you've become attached to.
But it's important that the work you do is interesting and allows you to use your skills and strengths. While embarking on something new takes courage, just getting started is invigorating. Doing what you like each day can make a significant impact on your mood and mental health
Making change is going to require some planning and some strategy. Perhaps your resume needs to be updated. Maybe you need training to gain some new skills. Perhaps you need help preparing for interviews. Maybe you just need to think through the many possibilities.
Career Counselling can help you consider all the options in a systematic way. In the end, you may decide that you are better off, where you are. At least you will have done the work and made a conscious decision.
Determining what comes next isn't always easy, but career counselling can be will help you take the next step toward doing what is best for you.
- Only 20% of people like what they do each day
- Being engaged in your work boosts happiness, reduces stress and the risk of depression and heart disease
- Those who use their strengths are 6 times as likely to be engaged in their work
- Being able to use your strengths makes you 3 times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life
- Only 4 in 10 U.S. employees report using their strengths everyday
Signs of Poor Career Fit
- Burnout - a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused prolonged stress.
- Feeling inadequate or incompetent.
- Feeling unappreciated for your work efforts.
- Feeling stuck in your job and unsure how to get out
- Not being paid fairly for your skills and training
- Feeling like your job no longer aligns with your lifestyle and needs
The image above is a mapping activity that helps client's reflect on their life and work needs in terms of the five five areas of wellbeing (purpose, social, physical, financial and community). It also ties in aspects of their personality, interests, values and skills.
Do You Have A Professional Resume?
Transitioning to a new job is going to need a professional resume.
Even if you don't have the skills and experience for the job, with a strong professional resume, it is still worth applying. If there aren't enough qualified applicants, employers often hire the most qualified person and train them to do the job.
However, if you have a professional resume and are still not getting interviews, it may be because you don't have the necessary skills.
If so, you may benefit from Career and Personality Assessments to ensure that you are applying for work you find work that fit your experience and you are qualified to do. You have far more skills and experience than you think. Our assessments help you identify and articulate your skills on your resume.
Career Counselling Step By Step
Depending on your needs we will discuss and explore personality inventories, strengths assessments, and other activities to ensure you are fully prepared for your chosen field.
We will help you:
- Assess and consider your current situation and readiness for change
- Examine your strengths, skills, experiences, interests and goals
- Explore fields of work and career options that suit you
- Conduct thorough labour market research (income, employment rates, future trends, etc.)
- Explore educational options and conduct a cost/benefit analysis
- Make a decision that best fits your needs, goals and life circumstances (career, social, physical, financial and community)
Most importantly we will help you choose a plan that will improve your wellbeing and your quality of life.
Your wellbeing matters. Take five minutes to learn if you are suffering, surviving or thriving in five essential areas of life and what you can do to improve your wellbeing. Try it now.