Career Changes or the Loss of a Career

Some career changes are choices that you make. Accepting a new job, accepting a promotion or changing companies are in our control.  Generations ago, people would get a job and stay at the same company for 30 or more years. Nowadays, people will not only change their employers but their career area altogether. It’s not uncommon for people to have 2 or more careers in their lifetime – some completely unrelated to their current career. These are exciting career changes that can feel risky – forcing you to take a leap of faith.

Then there are the career changes that are not within your control – those made as a result of being a victim of downsizing, restructuring, or layoffs due to economic circumstances. Perhaps, you’ve suffered an injury or illness that exempts you from continuing on in your current career. Perhaps your spouse or partner has accepted a new job that means re-locating and a career change for you as well. Or maybe, you’ve found you simply cannot find work in your current industry and have to make a change in order to pay the bills.

Whatever the reason, a change in your career is a major life transition that can be exciting but also can feel overwhelming and bring with it a lot of uncertainty and anxiety – especially if you feel like the choice has been forced upon you.

When is it time to get help?

If you are facing a change in your career or work and you are feeling overwhelming anxiety, are feeling depressed, angry or resentful and feel stuck or unable to make a decision or accept this change, it might be time to seek help.

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Treatment Methods

There is no specific treatment for dealing with the change that a change in career can bring. Depending on what you’re experiencing (grief, depression, anxiety or uncertainty about your career, etc.), there are many treatment methods that can be successful – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy,  career assessments and many more. It depends on you and what treatment method best suits your needs and personality. Your therapist will work with you to determine the most effective treatment method for you.

What will I get out of treatment with Insight?

Our therapists will support you and empower you to get through this major change in your life. We can share coping strategies and tools you can use to help you get through this time of transition and help you to meet the challenges that may lie ahead of you. We can assist you in setting realistic goals and timelines for those goals. With support, you can come out of this life-altering transition more resilient and better able to cope with all of life’s changes.