Emotionally Equipped to Handle Your Career

By Paula Santonocito

smw - emotionally equipped to handle your careerYou may have the credentials, the experience, and the hard skills required for the job. But are you emotionally equipped to handle your career and its challenges?

Before you say, sure, step back and think about it—really think about it.

In order to do this, you need to take a look at your current job and career choice, as well as your personal life.

Workplace Assessment

Begin by thinking about the situations you typically find yourself in at work. For example, does your job involve a lot of competition? If you’re in sales, this is definitely the case.

Perhaps your position requires a lot of patience. If you’re a first-grade school teacher, patience is a must-have.

Or maybe you’re involved with newspaper production, which means daily deadlines.

Generally, people know certain things about themselves and steer away from those careers for which they aren’t suited. If you can’t stand the sight of blood, you won’t become a doctor. Or, if you don’t like air travel, pilot and flight attendant won’t be on a list of career choices.

However, other aspects of the work experience may not be taken into consideration. What’s more, you might not even realize a particular component of a job doesn’t mesh with who you are—at least not until you come up against it.

Getting Personal

Then you may think it’s you, and that you need to adapt. In some situations, this may be true. In others, though, characteristics of the job may not be in sync with who you are.

Women especially tend to think they need to change, when instead what needs to change is the job or aspects of it.