Exciting or Stressful?

Feel Like Your Career is a Source of Disenchantment and Stress?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “career” as a person‘s “course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)”. This definition relates “career” to a range of aspects of an individual’s life, learning, and work. “Career” is also frequently understood to relate to the working aspects of an individual’s life – as in “career woman“, for example. A third way in which the term “career” is used describes an occupation or a profession that usually involves special training or formal education, considered to be a person’s lifework. In this case “a career” is seen as a sequence of related jobs, usually pursued within a single industry or sector: one can speak for example of “a career in education”, of “a criminal career” or of “a career in the building trade”. A career has been defined by organizational behavior researchers as “an individual’s work-related and other relevant experiences, both inside and outside of organizations, that form a unique pattern over the individual’s life span.”

That is some definition, but what exactly does it mean? defining or labeling a thing doesn’t always make it clear. Because this aspect of life is so individual and personal a general descripition is not adequate. But all of us can agree on one thing, our career are what we do to make money to live our lives. All of us would also like what we do earn a living to be a source of joy and excitement, unfortunately, however, that is not the case most of the time. 

Our career is not who we are, however, yet so many of us are identified by our careers, a set back or a failure in career seems to make us feel less, inadequate and sometimes unworthy. Our careers should be a source of joy, not stress. We should not be a slave to our career, it should be a tool and vehicle to get us where we want to go. 

If you feel feel content and joyful and excited about where you and your career is headed, I congratulate you and wish you all the best, if on the other hand this is not the case, and you feel stifled, stressed, and not sure what needs to happen, let us talk and explore how I may be of service to you.