Why understanding your emotions is your career super power

Why understanding your emotions is your career super power

Emotions, we may try to bury them, try to ignore them, and tell ourselves that we are fine, but eventually, they will find a way out and often not when it’s the most convenient time.

All of a sudden I felt myself on the verge of crying, I tried to regulate my breath and to stop the tears from flowing but it was just too much and slowly the tears escaped.  Fear of appearing unprofessional, of shame and embarrassment, kicked in which only intensified my feelings.

I don’t want this...but what do I want?

I don’t want this...but what do I want?

How do you move away from focusing on what you don’t want to figure out what you do?  This is the consideration of today’s blog, in which I will share my top tips to help you make your shift and escape the rut.

Lessons learnt when I waved goodbye to the corporate world

Lessons learnt when I waved goodbye to the corporate world

4 July 2015 was my Independence Day from the corporate world.  Yes, I had chosen the date deliberately, I was working in the US at the time.

When I made my exit, I didn’t have the full picture of what my next chapter looked like, but I knew I would figure it out.  The possibility of being my own boss was exciting however the fear was also there in bucket loads.  What if I’m not good enough, what if I can’t earn enough, what if I fail.  But what if you get to build the life you want, to have the time to breathe and spend with loved ones.  To meet Mr Right.

As I approach the 7-year mark, I wanted to take time to reflect and share with you what I have found hard, what surprised me and what I have learnt along the way.

Why do I feel unfulfilled at work?

Why do I feel unfulfilled at work?

Feeling unappreciated, conflicted, drained, frustrated and disconnected are words I hear a lot as a coach when people are talking about their career.  However, knowing why these feelings exist is not always so clear to my clients.  Knowing something is wrong, but not being able to articulate exactly what is driving these feelings can make it hard to know how to rectify the situation.

For many when we dig further it’s a case of a clash of values.

Why finding your passion doesn’t always work

Why finding your passion doesn’t always work

It’s often said “do what you love and it will never feel like you are working again”, maybe it won’t but for a lot of people this can just seem unrealistic.  In my personal experience, this statement is banded around too much and for some, it can actually keep them trapped in a draining job as they don’t believe a career change is possible for them. Finding your passion is only one option and doesn’t work for everyone, understanding the bigger picture is an approach that can work for all.

“Do what you love” or “find your passion” are strong statements; they can be scary, firstly they assume that you actually possess such depth of feelings towards something and secondly if you don’t have a passion, a love, what’s wrong with you!  Maybe you start to feel the pressure to find one and what if you don’t choose the right thing!  If this is ringing bells, let me reassure you that you aren’t heartless; there isn’t anything wrong with you.  In this situation, it is about letting go of this idealistic concept and adopting a more realistic approach.

The ultimate toolkit to help you with any career challenge

The ultimate toolkit to help you with any career challenge

This week we are taking a different approach to our fortnightly blog and using this opportunity to point you to resources that can help inspire you to take action with your current career challenge.

The blogs I share with you represent real problems which my clients are working through or prospective clients share. 

The first thing I want you to take away from today’s blog is that you are not alone in the challenges and emotions you feel in relation to your job and hopefully knowing this backdrop to the source and inspiration for my blogs you will start to see and feel that.  Yes someone, is walking in your shoes and come out the other side and you can too.

How to ask your manager to invest in your development

How to ask your manager to invest in your development

To avoid feeling stagnant in our careers we know we need to grow, learn new skills, to try new experiences to build on our existing knowledge.  As our world evolves so do our jobs and the need to keep updated on changes and advances in our chosen profession often falls to the responsibility of the individual.  But how do you ask your company to pay for your development, what are the key points to consider and how do we position our request in a context of rising costs?

This blog takes a look at how you build a persuasive case.

How to identify a mentor to support your career development.

How to identify a mentor to support your career development.

“You should get a mentor Kerrie” I nodded my head in agreement.  But what actually was a mentor and how could I find one and why couldn’t my manager be my mentor? 

If you have thought about getting a mentor but are not really sure what a mentor does and how or where to start then this is a blog for you.

When your manager asks you about your career plans...

When your manager asks you about your career plans...

How do you handle a career conversation, when your manager asks what areas would you like to focus on for your development and what you really want to say is no thanks!  As your future career is anywhere but this place!

If you are not ready to share your future plans with your manager this is about achieving a balance between your needs and those of the organisation and team, avoiding any negative perceptions or repercussions.

This is the exact scenario a blog reader is facing and has asked for my help to resolve, here are 5 different points to consider in your answer enabling you to strike a balance between you and the organisation.

How to explain a career break to a potential employer

How to explain a career break to a potential employer

Career breaks have traditionally been viewed through a negative lens, anytime out of work could be seen as someone losing touch, their skills becoming outdated, and their value to a potential employer diminished.  

But is this really the case, do we stop using skills and gaining experience and knowledge when we take a career break?  Or is it rather that we have to find a way of helping people see the positive implications a career break can have?

And how do you explain a career break to a potential employer?  All key questions which we take a look at in this blog.

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