Like many major decisions, when should you seek professional advice? And who should you ask? Getting career advice can be a very personal process as any change may impact different aspects of your life. It will also require you to invest time and money. Before committing to a working with a career advisor, ask yourself these questions.
Is now the right time?
Do you have the time and energy to invest into the career counseling process and market research that may be required? The career counseling process can produce life changing results but only if you’re ready to get involved and make the steps.
Do the same conversations keep going round and round in your head without coming up with a new answer?
Career advisor’s can act as an objective sounding board and get you out of your head, as well providing practical career advice.
Do you have a deadline?
If you’re in a situation where you need to make a decision or take action by a certain date, a careers advisor can provide a process to help you consider all your options and keep you accountable.
Do the potential results outweigh the financial investment?
For some, long term career changes can be “priceless” but also consider if the cost puts too great a strain on your current finances, it may distract you from enjoying the process or taking the necessary actions to make changes.
Is your dissatisfaction at work taking its toll on other aspects of your life?
Is it worth it? Sometimes its hard to get perspective when you find yourself on the work treadmill, under pressure, tired and going through the motions. Career counseling can assist you to get perspective and create a plan with small or large steps required to break the cycle.