Dr. Susan MacDonald Ph.D. Calgary Registered Psychologist
Do you ever think you’re in the wrong profession?
Most people choose an education or occupation at a very young age, and with relatively little life experience. And people tend to be quite passive when making career choices, rather than being proactive in the process. The more capable, competent, and intelligent people are, the better able they are at pursuing any career goal, but not necessarily the right one. The top three most dissatisfied professionals I see are accountants, lawyers, and engineers.
Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions
What are some signs and symptoms that I’m in the wrong profession?
- The feeling of dread at the end of the weekend when it’s time to return to work on Monday.
- Feeling stress and anxiety at the end of your vacation. Returning to work without feeling rested.
- Having negative thoughts about your job or workplace environment.
- Wondering how you will manage to make it to retirement.
- Watching the clock all day at work, and counting down how much time remains in your workday.
- Thinking there is something fundamentally wrong with you, such as, “I’m lazy”.
- Feeling unmotivated to complete projects.
- Phoning in sick, when it’s really your job that makes you feel sick.
- Frequently arriving late for work.
- Feeling run down and drained of physical or emotional energy.
- Negative thoughts about your job or feeling disengaged from your work.
- Decreased patience, and increased irritability or frustration.
- Feeling misunderstood and unappreciated.
- Feeling unproductive, with a lot of pressure to perform
Why is career counselling for career dissatisfaction so important?
How many sessions does career counselling usually take?
Typically 3-4 hours and 4 tests work really well for most people. Some people may benefit from more sessions if they require further clarity with their career decision, if they are looking at various educational routes, or need to overcome any obstacles standing in their way for their career success.
What about addressing burnout in counselling?
How much does career counselling cost?
What types of payment do you take? Are costs covered by insurance?
What are the tests used for career counselling?
The four tests I use are a career personality, career interests, career values, and career conflict scales. All these tests have high validity and reliability, and provide a wealth of information for your career counselling process. The tests I use are only available to professionals that are specifically trained and certified as career counsellors.
What does career counselling provide for you?
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