By: Marti Benjamin, MBA

Champion for a Great Work-Life!

Certified Career Management Coach | Professional Certified Coach

Certified Professional Résumé Writer

Heart attacks are more likely to occur on Monday than any other day of the week. Could career dissatisfaction and its resultant stress be responsible?

When you spend Sunday evening (or whatever time marks the end of your weekly time off) dreading your return to work, something needs to change. I’m not talking about a small yearning to extend the weekend or wistful daydreaming about those who can do whatever they please each day. I’m referring to that knot-in-the-stomach feeling of apprehension about walking into your workplace, greeting your co-workers and manager and repeating the tasks that you couldn’t wait to get away from at the end of the prior week.

Career Well-Being
Work provides us with something to do, whether we earn money for our labor or volunteer our time and talent. That engagement helps us flourish. In the best-case scenario, work provides a sense of meaning in our lives and the satisfaction of achievement.

Our vocation or avocation shapes our identity. This aspect of our self-image is so important that when people first meet, one of their first questions is, “What do you do?”

Research by the highly-regarded Gallup Organization shows that people with a high sense of career well-being are more than twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall. A prolonged period of unemployment requires a longer recovery period than the death of a spouse, that’s how vital our careers are to our health.

Work that Fits Just Right
Developing career satisfaction is similar to finding clothes that fit well. When you choose clothes off the rack, the fit can range from good to horrible. To get a garment that fits your body precisely, it requires tailoring.

Similarly, a career that fits exactly is one that meets your specific and individual talents, interests, preferences and requirements. Consider your choices:
• What tasks would I enjoy for eight (or more) hours each day?
• What kind of people do I want around me?
• Where do I want to live?
• How much money do I expect to earn?
• Do I prefer working with people, data or objects?
• What tasks would I dread doing every day?
• Do I want to travel with my work and if so, how much?
• How much do I want to engage in a team environment as opposed to working alone?
• What talents do I want to develop?
• At the height of my career, where do I see myself?
Addressing these questions can clarify your career direction. You’ll have a better understanding of the necessary changes—position, employer, occupation, industry or location.

In the next post, I’ll offer suggestions for researching and testing career options.

Marti Benjamin inspires great work-lives in her business and career coaching practice. She describes being a professional coach as, “The best possible job for me.” Since she began coaching in 2004, her systems have led fed-up professionals from frustration to fulfillment in their work-life. www.CareerFromHere.com , www.BusinessEnergetix.com

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