We’ve all been there. The job that involves one or more issues that make you drag your feet in the morning and watch the clock all afternoon. The job that pays the bills but gives dividends in indigestion.
What do you do when the work is monotonous, the meetings never-end, the boss is too demanding and your coworkers have a nasty habit of constantly checking your work over your shoulder? How can you cope when the customers aren’t always right?
Since the publication of Do What You Are (DWYA) thirty years ago, career counselors have recognized the critical role Personality Type plays in career satisfaction and success. When my co-author Barbara Barron and I were first doing our research for DWYA way back when, we interviewed hundreds of people of all types representing dozens of careers. Our Eureka! moment came when we discovered that for each of the sixteen personality types, there were certain elements that led to greater career satisfaction. Later on, we realized they also led to career success.
Long gone are the days when working with a coach was only for professional athletes, top executives, or the rich and famous. The coaching industry is growing rapidly, making coaching an affordable option for people in various careers, industries, and walks of life.
But do you need a coach? Nearly any individual can benefit from working with a coach. Read on to find out what coaching is, how to decide if it’s right for you, and some primary benefits of working with a coach.
Different personality types have unique personality traits that fit well with particular kinds of jobs and careers. But in a working context, there are some personality traits that are universally applicable and endlessly helpful. Anyone of any personality type can possess them or cultivate them, and if they do, their long-term career prospects will be dramatically enhanced.
If you’re looking for your dream career, don’t feel discouraged. Many people have difficulty finding a job that suits their personality and goals, and it isn’t uncommon for people to change careers or take a variety of paths before reaching their destination. Maybe you’re starting out and are second-guessing your choices. Or maybe you’ve spent years working toward a career you can’t see yourself doing for the rest of your life. All of it is okay, and whatever your experience, countless people can relate.
People seek jobs or accept job offers for all kinds of reasons. If everything goes well, they may make the perfect career choice and choose a job that allows them to fulfill their dreams for a long time. If they made the wrong decision, however, they may be looking for a way out within months of starting. In other instances, jobs can offer some legitimate benefits, but lose their appeal after a few years.
Sometimes the actions of our teammates can leave us feeling bamboozled. Their behavior is completely at odds with what seems obvious to us. And yet, it undoubtedly made complete sense to them.
Ever had a serendipitous meeting with a colleague, a work partner or someone in an unrelated field, who fundamentally changed how you think? Or even led you to a new career opportunity? If you have, you know how exciting and transformative that experience can be -- and you also know how much of it can be based on luck, good timing and sheer chance.
Whether you have resigned with a plan or without one, one thing is for sure, you don’t want to make the same mistakes as last time. You want to avoid joining a company with a culture or manager that doesn't understand you, or that doesn't allow you to be yourself.
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