Are you stuck in your career? Looking to take on a new role or trying to break into a new industry? If current trends continue, it is estimated that people will have ten to fifteen different jobs throughout their lifetime. In hearing this, some of you may think “Amazing! I love trying on new hats!” while others may have thoughts more like myself --- “Oh my gosh! That is a lot of decisions to make about an aspect of my life that can play a big role in my well being and life satisfaction -- how will I manage to make the best decisions for myself?”
Decision making can be light and empowering and it can also be arduous and pressure inducing.
Calgary’s competitive job market and record high unemployment rates, to some, can feel like added pressure when evaluating all of the factors that go into selecting one's next role or career path. How much meaning will the role bring you? Will there be opportunity for growth? Time for work-life balance? Compensation that provides a sense of security for you or your family? Many of us have a habitual way of making decisions that can vary from always opting to do what others think is best for us, getting overwhelmed and choosing one just to get it over with, and then there is my friend’s favorite of asking the magic 8 ball for guidance. If you find yourself perpetually struggling with wanting more (of what, you might not know) from your career, it might be helpful to seek out someone to help guide your exploration or evaluation to feel more confident in taking the next step.
Advice, guidance and career counselling - are they the same or different?
Career counselling in Calgary with our team fits the definition of professional guidance where you will be working with a member of our team who has your best interests at heart, specializes in helping you to get crystal clear about your career goals, helps you work on developing the soft skills needed for advancement (or sometimes just better office interactions) and/or finding new meaning or new direction for your career. Whether you are seeking leadership help, how to have difficult conversations with team members or struggling with questions like “should I stay or go” in this career, meeting with a registered psychologist in Calgary at our One Life office can help you cultivate a growth mindset to navigate these challenges and more from a position of strength.
At One Life we offer adult and youth career counselling as well as specialized career counselling for women with a focus on 6 main topics:
On a very high level,
A career advisor can fit more into the first category mentioned earlier where the practitioner provides specific instruction or advice that isn’t necessarily personalized to your individual circumstances (ie. resume writing, interview skills, etc). Working with a career advisor can be experienced similar to your high school guidance teacher, where you might be instructed to fill out some surveys that indicate a direction to go based on your skill set and education.
Career guidance and counselling is different in that it focuses on your beliefs, mindset and what is holding you back psychologically from taking action in your career. The process is built on the belief that you have the answers within you, that you know what is best for you but have run into a roadblock or two. Your career counsellor can help you with the psychological or inner experience aspects of moving past your blocks.
At One Life our career guidance is specifically centered around goal discovery, self-awareness, and helping you block and tackle what is standing between you and your achieving those goals.
One of the primary concerns raised by our career counselling clients is not knowing what to do next. They come to us with a general feeling that change is needed, but are struggling to find direction. Through skillful questioning and listening in our career counselling sessions, we help our clients to connect deeply with their inner experiences, wants, and desires, so they can discover that sense of direction.
Many career advisors are going to have a set of tools to help you assess your strengths, weaknesses and then come up with a path forward.
That is great and helpful, but we find when clients come in for career counselling with our One Life psychologists the biggest success comes when we help them to understand themselves on a deeper level before jumping to creating a plan. The learning comes from shifts in how we see ourselves, our environment, and then setting micro goals that lead up to our larger desired outcomes.
Our role at One Life is to help you feel empowered and most importantly accountable to achieving your career goals by asking the deeper questions that help you unblock your career obstacles.
The main goal is not to provide career counselling tips, but rather help you discover the path forward through your core values, principles and leaning into your strengths.
Throughout the process, you can expect your career counsellor to ask you questions along the lines of:
If exploring the deeper psychology behind your career struggles or aspirations appeals to you, we have a client intake coordinator that is ready to take your call and line you up with the right Calgary psychologist on our team. Contact us today!
Change begins the day you decide to make the decision to invest in you.