Career Counseling and Coaching in Boston, MA
Expert Career Counselors at Thrive Boston for Career Improvement, Change and Crisis
A career is often one of the most important aspects of people’s lives. When they embark on a new one for the first time, when they switch careers, or when they advance farther into the same career path, these can be stressful events. Economic difficulties, such as a recession, can compound the stress.
The professional career counselors at Thrive Boston work with clients who have less than ideal jobs, helping them find the quality of life they want. Clients have sought career counseling at our office because they…
- Feel stuck
- Have a dead-end job
- Are underemployed
- Need help choosing a meaningful career
- Want to explore other careers that may be more satisfying
- Are trying to advance within their current job or career
Most Americans will dedicate one-third of their lives to work. However, a 2014 study shows that a mere 52% 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 people’s mental health and well-being.
If you are discouraged in a job that is going nowhere; if you are deciding on the best career fit; if you are 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 work with clients who have hit a roadblock in their careers or job searches. Our professionals often help their clients map out a plan to find fulfillment. For example:
- Outline and discuss their potential career options.
- Identify their interests and skills.
- Assess their values and personality.
- Investigate career options that are potentially a good fit.
- Research the most lucrative career options.
- Prepare clients to secure the job they want.
Self-Esteem Is Important to a Fulfilling Career
Many times, people do not get the career they want because low self-esteem leads to self-defeating behaviors. Self-esteem is shaped by thoughts, relationships, and experiences in life.
The relationships people have with others close to them, such as their parents, siblings, peers, and teachers, are an important part of self-esteem. Many of people’s self-conceptions reflect the messages they received from these individuals over time. If people’s relationships are strong and if they receive generally positive feedback, they are more apt to see themselves as worthwhile and have healthier self-esteem. Conversely, if people receive mostly negative feedback and are criticized, teased, or devalued by others often, they are 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 people’s overall opinion of themselves and how they feel about their abilities and limitations. Healthy self-esteem enables people to feel good about themselves and see themselves as deserving of respect. With low self-esteem, people put little value on their opinions and ideas and may constantly worry that they are not good enough.
Self-esteem begins in early childhood, and the factors that can influence it include:
- One’s own thoughts and perceptions
- Other people’s reactions
- Experiences at work, home, school and 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. Low self-esteem can keep people from enjoying fulfilling, healthy, and lucrative careers—when help is as easy as picking up the phone.
Career Counseling: Lisa’s Story
Lisa is 32 years old and unhappy in her job as a paralegal, but she is not sure how she can make a change. She would 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 school?
Lisa works 45 hours a week, and has school on top of that. 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, Lisa finds that she does not 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 Lisa research resources for financial aid that would help with the costs of college. Her therapist also equips Lisa to manage the stress she may encounter while continuing 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 Lisa build the confidence she needs to work and continue her education.
Do You Need Career Help?
When you feel like your career has hit an impasse or when the job is going well but you want something more rewarding, fulfilling, and exciting, you may have just taken the first step to making positive change in your life. Whether it has taken months or years to want these changes, the career counselors at Thrive Boston work with people just like you, helping them meet challenges and empowering their job search. Each client has unique needs, but Thrive Boston often helps people:
- Cultivate the right frame of mind to get the job.
- Find a good career track with a job that compliments their interests and abilities.
- Create a productive job search environment.
- Pursue their job objectives.
- Release their job-search stress.
- Learn how to network effectively.
- Tip the scales in their favor during an interview by showing they are knowledgeable about the company, communicating with positive impact, and responding effectively to interview questions.
- Overcome procrastination, such as not finishing a resumé, application, or follow-up letter.
Choosing A Career That Fits
At Thrive Boston, career counselors work with clients on the all-important task of choosing a career that suits them. Our counselors utilize assessments that identify people’s skills, needs, and desires. Our counselors also provide valuable information and research on the many potential careers.
To help clients narrow their focus when considering a career, career counselors may ask 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, special training, et cetera?
- Do I want to travel?
- Do I want to live in a particular location?
- How much money do I need to make?
- What do I value?
- Is it important to me to be of service to others?
Managing the Demands Of A New Career
At Thrive Boston, career counselors will help their clients explore their skills and strengths, determine education levels necessary for the field they 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.
- Ways to earn a promotion or the best methods to negotiate a salary adjustment.
How Is Thrive Boston Career Counseling Different?
Thrive Boston career counselors have helped hundreds of people from across the country find the expert career counseling they need. From Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tufts University, Boston University, McClain Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital, our clients consist of some of the nation’s scholars and leaders.
Thrive Boston offers counseling in-person, by telephone, or online. Thrive Boston career counselors work with our clients to live healthy, more successful lives. These professional counseling and psychotherapists:
- Have earned master’s or Doctoral (Ph.D.) 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;
- Continue their studies to refine their abilities, skills, and expertise.
If you want to change, leave, or begin a new career, let’s work together. At Thrive Boston, many people have found their path to a fully rewarding, gratifying, and successful career. Give us a call at (617) 395-5806 to schedule a career counseling appointment.