Feeling Stuck in Your Career: Try A Social Worker





At some point in our lives we need help in our career. Everyone goes through periods of transitions. This can include someone in the stage of recently graduating from school and trying to figure out the best career path for them. This can also include someone who is in need of a career shift and would like to try something new. Whether one of these scenarios applies to you it can be quite tricky to navigate your next career move and understand the steps you may need to take. A Social Worker is a trained professional who helps individuals explore the challenges they may be experiencing in their lives. Although, social workers are not typically thought of as a professional who specializes in career coaching, they can help you understand and explore the reasons you may be feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or unable to take the next step in your career.

What is Social Work?

To provide more context of what social work practices entails, it encompasses the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of individuals, families, couples or groups experiencing challenges in their life.

What does this mean for you? 

Deciding a career path is an important decision that should be made with forethought and most often comes with a lot of stress and anxiety. Many considerations go into deciding a career path. For example, considering your passions, strengths, values, and lifestyle can influence your decisions.

Alternatively, there are various aspects that can deter you from exploring certain career paths; family perception, time commitment, and perceived ability to do the job to name a few. A social worker can help you navigate through the internal conflicts you may be experiencing and help you make the right decision for you. If you are feeling fearful or anxious about what’s next a social worker can help you explore why you may be feeling this way and help you develop a plan that is right for you and your situation.

Is it Right for Me?

Like any service you have to consider if it is right for you. If you are someone who is feeling confident about your career path and do not believe you could

benefit from getting help in navigating your career then social work services may not be right for you. However, if you are having internal conflict about your career path, are not taking action in pursuing your career goals, or do not understand what may be next for you then you may benefit from speaking to
someone about your thoughts and challenges.

How do I find a Social Worker?

Social work is a regulated profession; this means professionals who claim the title “social worker” has to be registered in the province or state where they reside. You can access a list of social workers by researching the college where social workers must be registered in your specific location. Pay
attention to the social worker’s specialty and in general if they list “career services” as a service they offer then they may be better suited to help you. Most social workers will offer a free consultation before you commit to their services, take advantage of this and come prepare to ask specific questions. This will help you determine if they are a right fit. If you are worried about costs, most private insurance companies cover the cost of social work services. Additionally depending on your city you may be able to access free to low cost services to help you in your career.

Next Steps

Seeking help to navigate your career can be the first step you can take to be successful in your career. It requires an internal reflection to help you understand what may be holding you back or the next steps you can take

Jodi Tingling is a career strategist and licensed social worker focused on coaching, motivating, and guiding others in their career trajectories. For a private coaching session you can book an appointment or enroll in a course to help you succeed in your career.

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