For many of us, COVID-19 has significantly disrupted our careers and career goals. For some it may mean facing loss of income or furloughs. For others it may be a deliberate choice to leave the workforce to take care of children and/or elders. As the pandemic continues to affect millions of people across the world, previously stable career paths may become unstable. It is important you develop the tools to navigate these uncertain times to ensure the success of you and your loved ones.
To feel fully healthy, it is important you have the agency to make decisions about your career so that you have a career that you love. A recent study concluded that over 50% of Americans are dissatisfied (if not downright unhappy) with their work. This dissatisfaction can lead to stress, anxiety and depression. Left unattended these symptoms can affect your personal life, negatively impacting the relationships you have with your friends and loved ones. The negative consequences of career disruption is more pronounced in white women and men of color given the contextual factors they face in society.
Counseling focused on your career development can help you proactively address current and future career challenges as we navigate through the pandemic. In our sessions, you and I may discuss:
- How your unique circumstances are impacting your own mental health
- How to be aware of the impact career disruptions have on the emotional health of your loved ones
- How issues of intersectionality (e.g., gender, race, LGBTQ+, ability) may be impacting your career disruption and how to proactively address from a place of strength
- How to develop structures that lead to positive outcomes
- Space to grieve if an unintended career disruption is occurring.