Job Satisfaction a Prime Reason for Seeking Career Guidance
At Career Vision, we are often asked to describe our typical
client. That is a difficult question to answer because we
provide services to clients who range in age from high school
to retirement. Our emphasis for the last two years has been
to improve Career Literacy for high school age families.
The early-age focus is driven by the increasing importance
and expense of post-secondary education and the statistics
on job satisfaction and school completion. However, we continue
to work with many adults, from young professionals to experienced
executives. They generally fall into five categories. Which
category describes you best?
1. The Proactive: These are successful, take-charge
individuals who really understand that they are responsible
for their own career management. They are hardworking, dedicated
employees who have learned they need to set time aside to
plan strategically for their success and satisfaction - and
2. The Negotiator: This is a relatively new
type of employee. They strongly value their quality of life.
They are often quite talented and in positions which require
a high level of performance. They are looking for more independence
in the way they approach work. These individuals are looking
for career options that can help take advantage of an increasingly
flexible and evolving workplace.
While we occasionally see individuals who are not successful
in their work, many of our clients fall into the category
of dissatisfied workers. These are competent people,
who are currently employed and working hard, but are experiencing
some type of stress or dissatisfaction on the job. They fall
into the following three categories:
3. The Mismatch: These individuals are clearly
in the wrong job. They are usually required to perform tasks
which tap into their weakest areas or aptitudes. A simple
example would be a highly creative individual who spends his/her
day doing paper-and-pencil or online clerical tasks. These
types of positions are often found in the entry-level range.
An individual who works hard may find that they are promoted
or moved into even more detailed or administrative positions.
They operate on a blind hope that eventually they will land
in the right spot or someone will recognize their under-used
talents. While this can work out, it is a very shortsighted,
random approach that usually leads to growing dissatisfaction,
even if the salary increases.
4. The Multi-talented: These individuals thrive
on learning new things and taking on new projects. While they
are being challenged, their satisfaction level is high. Unfortunately,
when their position becomes routine or does not draw on their
multiple talents, they become frustrated and bored. These
restless people often move from job to job. Without a plan,
they can become the "Jack/Jill of all trades, but master/
mistress of none."
5. The Burned-out: These individuals are dedicated
and believe that hard work will gain them the rewards and
advancement they think will bring job satisfaction. In some
cases, this will be true. More often these individuals sacrifice
all their time and energy for the organization, without really
thinking about what they want for the future. They often become
angry and resentful. Many of these people remain undiscovered
because they have not communicated a sense of direction.
Career planning is complicated. Each person's situation and
set of opportunities is unique. We are proud of our process
which encourages individuals to make informed choices to increase
their satisfaction and success on the job.
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