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November 9, 2022

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – Is Work Chipping Away at Your Happiness?

In episode 18 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast, Hallie Crawford from Create Your Career Path career coaching, shares the top three questions she is asked as a career coach and provides advice on when to seek a new position if your current role is chipping away at your happiness.

So, what are the three questions she is asked most frequently?

  1. "…number one is should I look for a new job? How do I know if it's time to make a career shift into something, even if it's just a little bit different? And how do I know if there's something better out there? Because we always have this, is the grass really greener on the other side? That's one of the first ones."
  2. "The second one is how do I figure out my long-term career direction? How do I know what the right fit is for me in the long run? And make plans according to that, you know, what are kind of the different criteria, if you will, that I need to be considering?"
  3. "…the final one is how do I get over any fears I have about achieving my career goals, how do I boost my confidence?"

And what if your current role is chipping away at your happiness? Crawford advises to first vent about it to a trusted friend, career coach, or colleague.

"…if you feel stuck or unsatisfied in any way, even if it's subtly, but you felt that way for a little while…So it's not just current circumstance, maybe current project you're working on or whatever, but you felt stuck for more than, you know, six months give or take, and you just feel like you're spinning your wheels a little bit and not sure what to do. It's really good to talk to somebody about that…And it's really good to have kind of a voice of reason to talk you through what actually needs to happen to help fix it."

If you find that after talking through the frustration you are experiencing, the unhappiness is still lingering, Crawford says, "Get out of your own way and remember that without risk, there is no reward. My favorite quote is, 'The greatest risk in life is not taking one in the first place.' You don't want to look back years later wondering where the time went."

Check out the entire episode for more advice and career coaching from Hallie Crawford.

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