For many people, the place that receives the majority of their time and energy is their job. Many people work because of the financial, emotional, and relational rewards associated with working and producing. People experience work and career related problems when their assessment of the time and energy demands of a particular job is not met with reciprocal rewards for that job. This imbalance can show up in other areas of life.
To assess whether or not you might need to make a career or life change, please consider the following questions:
Are you regularly thinking about finding a new job, accepting a promotion, changing your academic focus, or making another life change?
Have your sleep patterns have been disrupted such as, you have difficulty getting to sleep, or you wake up during the night with worries about your job, studies, or another area of your life?
Have you have developed headaches, frequent colds, shifts in appetite, or other physical symptoms of stress?
Have most of your conversations with your family and friends recently become dominated by complaints and laments about your work or school day?
Do you regularly feel stuck or confused about the direction of your life?
If you answered YES to many of these questions, you might benefit from career and life coaching to gain clarity and focus on what direction to take for your career, education, or other area of your life. Please contact Cambium Counseling for more information.
+ A Career Counseling Story
The story that follows is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is coincidental. The story is intended to be informative about the types of issues people bring to counseling and how those issues are effectively addressed. This story reflects real themes and treatment processes used by the counselor in her work with real clients.
Michelle, 34 was a high level manager at a national financial institution. She was offered a promotion to become a vice president at the organization however, she was concerned that if she accepted the promotion she would have significantly less time with her four year old son and seven year old daughter. She also worried about whether or not her marriage to her wife could sustain the change because the new position would require more nights at the office and frequent trips to other offices around the U.S. Michelle came into counseling to help her make the best choice for her and her family. Since Michelle needed to provide an answer to her company by the end of the quarter, she communicated to her counselor that she was committed to getting the most out of the counseling experience. Using motivational interviewing and solution focused strategies, the counselor helped Michelle process through her options as well as, the different thoughts and emotions which were impacting her decision making process.
Because of her busy schedule, Michelle was only able to meet once a week for a 90 minute counseling session which she followed with a massage to help her physically release the emotional and mental work she was doing in counseling. Her counselor and massage therapist collaborated with each other to help support Michelle’s efforts around stress management. When she was not in counseling, Michelle was working on small steps towards her larger goal. These steps were decided in counseling and were based on the plan she and the counselor created. Michelle decided to accept the vice president position on the grounds that she would be able to pick up her kids from daycare and school three days a week, have 75% of her weekends free, and that she and her wife attend some couples counseling sessions to give them additional tools to manage the transition. Michelle also decided to continue weekly individual counseling for the first ninety days of her new position in order to have a safe space to process her experiences, thoughts, and emotions about the transition, while also receiving support and guidance.
Once Michelle reported she felt confident in her new position, she shifted into maintenance mode with individual counseling and decided to continue meeting with the counselor once every three weeks because believed counseling was good for her health and had unexpected positive side effects including increased self-confidence, stress management tools, as well as improved relationships with her kids, friends, family, coworkers, and her spouse.
If you are considering a career change, a shift in job roles at your current employer, starting a new training program, or other life change please contact Cambium Counseling.