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 ARE YOU AT PEACE WITH YOUR CAREER CHOICES?

CAREER EXPLORATION CHALLENGES SPECIFIC TO HIGH ACHIEVERS

1. High achievers may be excellent in their career, even if they are dissatisfied. It is challenging to take a leap into another area in which one feels less competent and confident.

2. High achievers may have high status in their current career. Even for non ego-driven individuals, it is normal to struggle with the loss of status that may occur in career transitioning.

3. Career exploration is usually not a straight path to a clear answer. The inherent ambiguity and unknowns can be frustrating for people who want a precise sequence of steps that will guarantee success.

CAREER EXPLORATION STORY

John was in the healthcare industry. He hated his job. After several employment let-downs within the same industry, he began to wonder if he was in the wrong field.
John felt stuck. He worried about ensuring stability for his family. He had considered going back to school for a different career but did not feel confident that it was the right decision. Should he change fields, try again in the same field, go back to school, or stay and hope things would get better?
I asked John to review his past positions and tell me his favorite and least favorite parts of each. I wanted to know what aspects of the TASKS he liked as well as what aspects of the ENVIRONMENT he liked. Looking at these patterns is crucial in career planning. John likes data, so we did some assessments to further clarify our conversations. I also directed him to O*Net online for him to gain a broader awareness of career options. From this, we were able to assess other occupations in terms of their potential fit for him and we discussed possibilities for starting his own business.

COMMON MISTAKES:

1. Many people assume that they are only qualified for opportunities within their industry rather than considering the qualifications that make them a great candidate in a different field.

2. Many people consider going back to school when they feel stuck rather than looking at options that utilize their existing education. Going back to school may be an option but should not be the default response to career dissatisfaction.

3. Many people do not attend to the concept of “Person-Environment Fit” in assessing both current dissatisfaction and future opportunities. The “Person” part of the equation requires a strong awareness of your personality characteristics, preferences, task strengths, and task weaknesses. The “Environment” part of the equation includes not only the physical work environment but also the people, the system, and the work culture. When people neglect either side of the equation, they may prematurely give up on a career field or commit to the wrong one.

Many people assume that they are only qualified for opportunities within their industry rather than considering the qualifications that make them a great candidate in a different field.”

– Dr. Tricia

Remember that part of the frustration in career exploration is because of your strengths. You are intelligent, good at many things, and care about performing well. I know you are frustrated that you don’t know what to do next. Try to give yourself a break and pay attention to the personal strengths that make this process more difficult.

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