Changing job? Sometimes it’s not the best choice

on BLOG, Career Coaching, career 17 giu, 2013

Cambiare lavoro? Non sempre è la scelta migliore

The career coach’s role is to guide the coachee in the delicate process of building his ideal career and developing skills and knowledge required in his new role.

But – even if what I'm about to write may seem a contradiction in terms or at least counterproductive to a career coach – not always changing job is the best choice. After a few explorative sessions, the coachee and the career coach could come to the conclusion that the best option is to highlight the positives of the hated and frustrating career. This could happen for a variety of internal or external reasons, ranging from the absence of true motivation in the coachee to his state of confusion, from the shortage of available positions to budget/time restrictions.

So, sometimes they agree not to change job but to "work on the current occupation", in order to make the current experience more acceptable, removing the menacing risk of burn-out and starting a process of construction or search of a valid job alternative.
Let's start from the base: each job, however unsatisfactory, contains some clear advantages. For example:

  • the economic and psychological security of the salary, on which you can phase your disbursements;
  • the presence of "rights" as holidays, the thirteenth month’s salary, paid absences in case of sickness;
  • the payment of social security contributions;
  • the "predictability" linked to the routine of eight hours a day, five days a week;
  • being part of a community or organization, which has its own individuality and gives a sense of belonging.

So, when changing job is not an option, the career coach can suggest you to change your point of view on your career, to give value to its inner "benefits" and act. Some of the most feasible and useful solutions are:

– proporre qualcosa al tuo capo, senza domandare o attendere. Proporre un nuovo progetto, una nuova mansione, un cambiamento di reparto o funzione…: questo shift può avere effetti molto positivi sulla tua autostima e sull’idea che il capo ha di te;

– cominciare a lavorare su un progetto o un’attività che ti appassiona prima di chiedere o ottenerne il permesso. Così troverai soddisfazione in ciò che ti interessa e, inoltre, potrai proporre una soluzione alternativa o originale al team di progetto ed aiutare i tuoi colleghi;

– diventare attivo ed assertivo (su questo punto il tuo coach può esserti estremamente utile) invece di sentirti vittima di problemi o soprusi;

– cominciare a sognare e “costruire” nel dettaglio il tuo lavoro ideale. Questo esercizio di fantasia è necessario: se cambi lavoro unicamente per scappare, molto verosimilmente ti ritroverai nella medesima condizione in tempi brevi. Senza una nuova e profonda consapevolezza, il rischio è di replicare altrove la stessa situazione!

– prenderti una vacanza o un periodo di malattia se il tuo stato di salute peggiora.

How much and what could you do to improve your job?

Which of these tips can you immediately implement?

Who or what might help you?

 

 

 

 

 

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