Having anxiety at work can be a big problem. It can impact your work performance and your overall wellbeing – your sleep, your mood, even your self-esteem. Learn how to recognize and address the problem.[Read more…]
Take a moment to answer the following questions. What do you spend the most time doing? What activity takes up the majority of your day, your week, your month (or even your year — in case you started to sing the “Friends” theme song to yourself)?
Despite what you may have seen on TV sitcoms, for most of us it’s not hanging out with friends in a coffee shop — it’s working! Now consider this: If you work a 40-hour week with four weeks of vacation per year, over the course of 40 years you will have worked a total of 76,800 hours. That equates to approximately 33% of your waking hours over that 40 years. Keep in mind, these numbers are conservative because not everyone works just 40 hours a week. Many of us don’t get four weeks of vacation. Many don’t retire after 40 years.[Read more…]
There a lot of reasons why people don’t like their jobs. Some of those reasons are solely about the job. Let’s be honest, some jobs are terrible. But some reasons are about the person, and some are about the fit between person and job. But how can you tell which is the problem?
Amy is a 42 year-old schoolteacher who finds herself struggling to get work every morning. When she comes to meet with me for career counseling, she says she is wondering if she should change jobs. Her serious work-related unhappiness consumes most of her waking hours. She thinks she is a horrible teacher and that her students do not learn anything in her class. Last week she came home in tears one day. When her roommate asked her what’s wrong, she was actually surprised when the words escaped her mouth: “I hate my job!”[Read more…]
We have all been there. It is 45 minutes into an hour long interview and the person holding our resume asks what seems like their final question. “Do you have any questions for me?” If you have done your homework, you likely have many specific questions about the organization and position. However, there is probably one question you haven’t asked that could help your chances of getting an offer.[Read more…]
Making a career decision: Parts one and two
There are three important aspects to consider when making a career decision, whether for the first time or tenth. Many times people confuse these three things and my job is to help them sort out how each of these three aspects impact their career decisions.[Read more…]