Work and career issues and solutions

If your work situation feels much less than satisfactory, you may be in the wrong job. Or your work environment may be particularly challenging. Or the industry you are in. In any case, it is easy to blame ourselves for occupational situations that are simply not a good fit for our personality, talents and inclinations. In today’s economy, changing jobs is no longer an easy, quick process. It requires careful planning and hard work, as it is a full-time job to look for another job. There are different approaches to resolving the problem of a poor career or workplace fit, depending on the severity of the situation. A good place to start is taking a comprehensive Work Skills, Talents and Preferences Assessment.

Bosses and colleagues

Interpersonal problems with bosses or co-workers
This type of distressing situation may occur in relationships with one’s boss or bosses, with one’s peers, or with subordinates. It is a complex set of issues that may cause significant distress to all people involved, including one’s family, as these problems are easily “brought home” when leaving work each day. Interpersonal issues can make it very hard to be fully motivated to work, or even to get up and go to work every day.If untreated, interpersonal problems can mushroom into conflict situations that may be hard to control and which can lead to job loss or, at the very least, a forced job change or demotion. However, it isn’t always necessary to quit or risk being fired to address these issues. Often, the job is just fine and would be otherwise enjoyable. Sometimes it is hard to lose a good paying job due to seemingly unsolvable (and yet fully solvable) interpersonal issues.

Just a bad job

Wrong job, obsolete job or wrong career path
It happens. A job that seemed tailor-made turns out to have been the wrong choice. A career that seemed so promising comes to a dead end. Why do these problems occur? Often, not enough thought went into the decision to take a job or pursue a career. Sometimes, the job or the career path was chosen out of necessity, as for example when economic circumstances dictated taking whichever job became available. At times, a job or career is simply outgrown, or fails to live up to promise, or changes in unexpected ways (technological change, merger or acquisition, market forces). In any case, when it becomes necessary to make a change it is a good idea to ensure that the new job or career choice is the right one. It pays to be careful the second or third time around. It pays to invest in a professional career assessment that looks at the individual skills, talents, personality traits, and inclinations that can mean the difference between happiness and unhappiness at work, and that helps identify the job or career path that is truly the best fit for the individual.

Career change or restart

In life, there may come a time when a career path comes to a T-junction. There is a choice to make. “Do I continue to travel as much as I am doing now for the rest of my career?” or, “Do I continue to work for someone else?” or, “When will I realize my dream of finally becoming a (fill in the blank)?” These and other similar questions have no easy answer; they can be ignored for a while but they keep coming back; they highlight an awareness of the passing of time and bring to the fore many unfulfilled dreams and aspirations that have been set aside for too long.If that is the case, a radical career change may be in your future. Such a change is entirely feasible, but it requires a great deal of emotional stability, stress management skills, and a good dose of fortitude to analyze the options, focus on a new path, and successfully make the change.

Get help

Get your work skills, talents and preferences assessment
If you need to find out or re-verify your work skills, your talents, your preferences and your inclinations toward one or another career path, a comprehensive personality and skills assessment may be necessary. Dr. Z’s career assessment includes a Myers-Briggs personality test (MBTI®) and a Strong Interest Inventory (SII), whose results are combined into one comprehensive and very detailed report. The Strong and MBTI® Career Report provides a complete career development picture based on a combined interpretation of your interests and personality. It integrates your General Occupational Themes, Basic Interest Scales, Occupational Scales, and Personal Style Scales from the Strong with your MBTI® results to offer career direction and identify relevant occupations, with emphasis on those suggested by both instruments. The Strong and MBTI® Career Report leverages the latest research on both instruments and combines the results of more than 68,000 individuals who have taken the Strong with the results for more than 92,000 individuals who have completed the MBTI assessment. The highly intuitive report includes 4 pages of individualized, interactive content for all clients starting a career, considering a career change, looking for career enrichment, or seeking work-life balance. 

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