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Career Counseling

Whether you feel stuck or are in a “dead-end” job, are unemployed, need help in choosing a field that is meaningful to you, want to explore ways to be more satisfied with a current career or are contemplating changing or leaving a career, the professional Career Counselors at Thrive Boston will work with you on your job situation so you can find the quality of life you want. A career is often one of the most important aspects of adulthood, and if you are embarking on a new one for the very first time, after a decade, or at any time in your life, it can be a stressful event—and it’s compounded when economic difficulties, such as a recession, are a factor.

Most Americans will dedicate one-third of their lives at work. However, a 2014 study shows that a mere 52 percent of adults are actually satisfied with their jobs. Stress from a job can lead to depression or anxiety, and finding a fulfilling career is important to your mental health and well-being. If you are discouraged in a job that is “going nowhere,” deciding on the best career fit or looking for a new job because the one you have is unsatisfying or frustrating, you are not alone. The expert Career Counselors at Thrive Boston will work with you if you have a roadblock in your career or job search and help you map out a plan to find fulfillment.

The Career Counselors at Thrive Boston will help you to:

  • Outline and discuss your potential career options
  • Identify your interests and skills
  • Assess your values and personality
  • Investigate career options that are a good fit for you
  • Research the most lucrative career options for you
  • Prepare and work with you to secure the job you want

Self-Esteem a Factor in a Fulfilling Career

Many times, people don’t get the career they want because of self-defeating behaviors that are caused by low self-esteem. Self-esteem is shaped by thoughts, relationships and experiences in life. The relationships you have with others close to you, such as parents, siblings, peers and teachers, are an important part of self-esteem. Many of the beliefs you have today about yourself reflect the messages you’ve received from these individuals over time. If your relationships are strong and you receive generally positive feedback, you’re more apt to see yourself as worthwhile and have healthier self-esteem. Conversely, if you receive mostly negative feedback and are criticized, teased or devalued by others often, you’re more likely to struggle with poor self-esteem.

The many benefits of healthy self-esteem are mental well-being, assertiveness, resilience and more. Self-esteem is your overall opinion of yourself and how you feel about your abilities and limitations. Healthy self-esteem enables you to feel good about yourself and see yourself deserving the respect of others. With low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas and may constantly worry that you aren’t good enough.

Self-esteem begins in early childhood, and the factors that can influence it include:

  • Your own thoughts and perceptions
  • How other people react to you
  • Experiences at work, home, school and in the community
  • Illness, disability or injury
  • Culture or religion
  • Role and status in society
  • Media messages

Many individuals suffer from low self-esteem and negative feelings that keep them from moving forward in their lives—and from enjoying fulfilling, healthy and lucrative careers—when help is as easy as picking up the phone.

Setting for Career Counseling

Lisa is 32 years old and unhappy in her job as a paralegal, but she’s not sure how she can make a change. She’d like a less stressful job, where she could be of more service to others, but many of the jobs she thinks would be enjoyable would require her to get further education. How can she afford to stop working and pay for courses.

Lisa works 45 hours a week, and school on top of that sounds like it would be stressful. She is at a crossroads and beginning to feel frightened about the future. She makes an appointment with a career counselor, who helps to normalize her feelings and discuss her fears about going to school and working full time. After a session of exploring her goals and current stress level, she finds that she doesn’t want to stay in her job much longer. She realizes that, in spite of the difficulties she may encounter by going back to college and continuing her education, she needs to change careers. The therapist helps her research resources for financial aid that would help with the costs of college, as well as ways to manage the stress she is encountering in order to successfully continue to work while attending school in the evenings.

The career counselor helps Lisa to identify her own strengths, which are made apparent by her paralegal work--the ability to multitask, work long hours, conduct extensive research and complete projects on her own—which helps her to build the confidence she needs to work and continue her education.

When You Need Career Assistance Now

When you feel like your career has hit an impasse or the job is going well but you want something more rewarding, fulfilling and exciting than the one you are in right now, you have taken the first step to making positive change in your life. Whether it has taken months or years to get to this point, the career counselors at Thrive Boston will work with you to meet the challenges and help you to “power” your job search engine. They will work with you to:

  • Get into the right frame of mind to get the job.
  • Get on a correct career track with a job that compliments your interests and abilities.
  • Create a productive job search environment.
  • Pursue your job objective.
  • Stop carrying around job-search stress thinking.
  • Learn how to effectively network.
  • Tip the scales in your favor in an interview by showing you are knowledgeable about the company, communicate with positive impact and respond effectively to interviewer questions
  • Keep procrastination, such as not finishing a resume, application or follow-up letter, out of the job search.

Choosing and Changing a Career

At Thrive Boston, a Career Counselor will work with you on the all-important task of choosing the career that suits you by assessing your skills, needs and desires. Research on the many potential careers can be overwhelming, and a Career Counselor can provide valuable information to help you take the first step. To help you narrow your focus when considering a career, Career Counselors may ask some of the following questions:

  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • What kinds of activities are fun and fulfilling for me?
  • What are my skills?
  • What am I good at?
  • What qualifications do I have—a degree, experience?
  • Do I want to travel?
  • Do I want to live in a particular location?
  • How much money do I need to make me satisfied?
  • What are my values?
  • Is it important to me to be of service to others?

How Career Counseling Can Help

At Thrive Boston, Career Counselors will help you explore your skills and strengths, determine education levels necessary for the field you desire, research continuing education and focus on interests and personality type. Some of the topics of discussion in career counseling include:

  • Skills or talents and the careers where they may be useful.
  • Educational commitment required of certain careers.
  • Potential earnings of different careers.
  • The work environment—office or outdoors, fast or slower paced.
  • Advise of ways to improve a current position at a job to make it more enjoyable.
  • Ways to earn a promotion or the best methods to negotiate a salary adjustment.

Why is Thrive Boston Career Counseling Different?

Thrive Boston Career Counselors have helped hundreds of people from across the country who seek expert career counseling. From Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tufts University to Boston University, McClain Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, our clients consist of some of the nation’s scholars. Thrive Boston offers most appointments within 24 hours of the first phone call, and counseling is in-person, by telephone or online.

Thrive Boston Career Counselors work with our clients to live healthy, more successful lives. The professional counseling and psychotherapists have earned Masters or Doctoral (PH.D.)-level degrees; are authorities and national speakers in the counseling field; hold additional certifications and specializations in counseling; are authors that have contributed to publications, such as CCT Magazine, a counseling magazine with a circulation of 50,000, and the prestigious Journal of Mental Health Counseling; and continue their studies to refine their abilities, skills and expertise.

You’ve made the first step in changing, leaving or beginning a new career. Let Thrive Boston work with you to find the path to a fully rewarding, gratifying and successful career.

Thrive Cambridge Counseling
872 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 2-2
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 395-5806