Career coaching

Do you dread going to work on Monday?

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.

– M. Scott Peck

Ever wondered what job you should do next? Have you imagined what it might be like to have a more satisfying career? Are you happy in your current job? Is your job secure? Does your current job fit with your future plans? Do you dread going to work on Monday?

In our experience, these issues often arise after important life events such as having a child, moving cities, separating from your partner or the death of a parent. In other instances, these thoughts arise when your current job leaves you feeling disinterested, depressed, aggrieved over lack of advancement, under-utilised or overlooked.

Most people have these issues arise at some stage in their lives, but some people actually do something about them. You needn’t wait for these catalysts to occur. You can start taking control of your work destiny today.

People working in satisfying careers have usually arrived there through a combination of the following elements:

  • self-knowledge
  • job market knowledge
  • planning
  • proactive development of skills and abilities.

People feeling trapped in jobs often have not considered alternative jobs early enough and suddenly find themselves in a career cul-de-sac, not knowing how to get out and/or worrying about how much a career transition will cost them (time, loss of status, drop in salary etc). Even if you are happy in your current job, you should be thinking about how long you are likely to be happy there and what your needs are likely to be from both job and life in the short, medium and long terms. Life and work are interwoven and career planning should be about considering work in the wider context of life. This forms the basis of a career plan. Vicissitude can help you evaluate your needs, desires and potential and support you in achieving a stimulating outcome.

People change careers throughout their lifetimes, this is an unalterable fact, but with more thought and energy invested in planning for satisfying careers, we can smooth transitions from one to the next. Some changes are predictable and could be easily accommodated through career planning. We know a lot about life stages and the sorts of lifestyle issues associated with them so why don’t we spend more time planning for them? Most of us accept that we have to work at our relationships to have them succeed in the long term. Shouldn’t we assume that our workplace happiness deserves a similar amount of attention?

Individuals need to consider what their skills, abilities and personal motivations are, together with developing a thorough understanding of personality in order to build self- awareness. Vicissitude can provide you with expertise and guidance in the provision of appropriate psychometric instruments to assist in this process. A good understanding of personal goals, expected life stages and aspirations will also need to be developed. If necessary, Vicissitude will assist in building job market knowledge and examine suitable methods for the development of skills and abilities where warranted.

Rather than simply telling you what to do, Vicissitude works with you to empower you to build the skills to manage change, plan your career, and begin to enjoy life’s transitions and vicissitudes rather than fear them.

Vicissitude can provide assistance to both organisations and individuals in the area of career planning.  For organisations this often takes the form of HR Planning and or capability mapping and accompanying developmental programs.