Confessions of a Career Counselor

I don’t have all the answers. There, I said it. The key to being a good career counselor is asking good questions. Often the client has the best answer. He or she just needs help getting to it. With respect to career options, there may be a single answer, and then again, there may be several options with varying degrees of satisfaction, risk and return.

If you are STUCK in your career, ask yourself a few of these questions.

  • Why don’t I make a move?
  • What am I gaining by staying here?
  • If I did make a move, what would I do?
  • If money were not an issue, what would I do?
  • What one thing can I do today to help me get closer to making a change?

Keep in mind that the grass is not always greener in another job or another company. When you consider these questions, consider other areas of your life (health, family, leisure, spirituality, education, friends) and how your career fits in with those.

Gerriann Fagan
Career Partners International

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  1. JIm Davidson's avatar
    JIm Davidson
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    If we are all honest with ourselves, none of us have all the answers, and we need to be reminded of that. Thanks for taking the initiative.

    A senior executive mentioned to me this morning that he is having more success asking his network for advice, information and referrals rather than telling them his life history. He has realized he does not have all the answers and has said it is refreshing how innovative the ideas are that people are sharing with him. It has provided him with new areas to focus on, and new people to meet. He is now excited about the future. Instead of a “blinkered” view, he feels the world has opened up and he is ready to explore.

    You nailed it.

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