Emotionally Equipped to Handle Your Career

By Paula Santonocito

And that’s only the work-related stuff. What’s going on in your personal life also impacts you, and it has the potential to affect your job performance.

If you’re dealing with a serious family illness, for example, it may not be the best time to take on new responsibilities at work.

In a similar vein, if you have recently gone through a divorce, and are still finding your footing as far as solo bill paying, it’s probably not the best time to switch from a salaried to a commission-based sales job.

Even if you don’t have personal circumstances impacting your career, you may find yourself at a point in life where you don’t want unnecessary pressure at work. In your 20s and 30s, you might have been willing to travel for business, for example, but now that you’re in your 40s you may find business travel more stressful than glamorous.

After You Assess

Once you figure out what is required of your job and other aspects of your life, you can then decide whether or not you can meet all the challenges.

Don’t feel badly if you can’t; almost every human being at one time or another finds herself or himself in this situation. If you have pressing personal circumstances, you may indeed have to pull back at work.

Meanwhile, if you’re in a job that doesn’t fit who you are now you should also consider making a change. Sometimes that change might be subtle, like restructuring aspects of the job; other times, it might involve approaching your entire career from a new perspective.

Single women have an advantage over their married women friends in that their career decisions don’t have to be discussed with a partner. However, they are also at a disadvantage in that they have to shoulder the weight of work, personal responsibilities, and the accompanying emotions that result alone. Or so it seems.

Often with a little reflection, the answers come easily. But if you still find yourself on edge or less than satisfied with your career and life, it may be time to get some professional help. Whether you seek counseling for personal issues, talk to a career coach, attend a stress management class or take another path will depend on your individual situation.

Nevertheless, one way or another, you need to understand and address your emotional needs as they relate to your career—so that you can have a successful career and a happy life.

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