Career Counselling – Calgary – Job Dissatisfaction

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 accountant, lawyers, and engineers.


free telephone consultation
Dr. Susan MacDonald Ph.D., Registered Psychologist
Calgary Career Counsellor – Job Dissatisfaction
430 15 Street NW Calgary
403-295-8355


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?

Life is too short to be miserable and in a career that isn’t a good fit. Career dissatisfaction can have some significant physical, psychological and emotional consequences, which can negatively impact your quality of life and ability to function. It is important to be proactive about dealing with job dissatisfaction, so you can get back on track with your life, and have the best career for you and your life.

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?

This is generally a good idea and beneficial for most people. For some people, making the necessary changes to their career can help alleviate burnout and give them hope of a more positive future. For other people, additional counselling sessions to address and overcome burnout are needed for their recovery. This would be determined in an individual basis.

How much does career counselling cost?

Testing is $80 each, and fees are $200 an hour. It is truly a great investment in your future and in your life.


free telephone consultation
Dr. Susan MacDonald Ph.D., Registered Psychologist
Calgary Career Counsellor – Job Dissatisfaction
430 15 Street NW Calgary
403-295-8355

 Career Testing – Personality Testing – Career Interest Inventory – Career Values Scale


What types of payment do you take? Are costs covered by insurance?

You may pay by cash, cheque, credit, debit, or e-transfer. A receipt is issued for reimbursement through your extended medical plan or health spending account. It is also a tax deductible medical receipt on your income tax return.

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?

Career counselling opens up the world of work to possibilities that you’ve maybe never considered. Or it can validate and confirm why the career you are in is not right for you, and you can discover other options that are a better fit for your life and happiness. The knowledge you gain from career counselling can help you overcome any obstacles you may encounter as you pursue your dreams. Career counselling can help explain your situation, with solid rational why you are experiencing dissatisfaction, and what is going to work better for you and your life. Generally when people are in the right job they are happier and much more successful. It can be truly a positive experience when you are going through such a negative time in your life.


free telephone consultation
Dr. Susan MacDonald Ph.D., Registered Psychologist
Calgary Career Counsellor – Job Dissatisfaction
430 15 Street NW Calgary
403-295-8355


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