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Career counselling

Still not sure whether or not I did the right thing hiring in the services of a career counsellor. We met again for the second time yesterday and she let me ramble on and on. However, she did suggest I start the search anew by drawing up a plan and sticking to it, rather than continue in the haphazard way I've been going about it the last couple of months. My homework for the next two weeks consists of thinking up, formulating and documenting this plan; and listing all my daily 'successes' in the meantime, a minimum of 10 a day, that I'm to e-mail her at two day intervals.

She's helpfully written down what these successes might consist of:

1) results (i.e. something you have long wanted to achieve, e.g. a diploma)
2) actions (either planned & done, or hesitated & done)
3) expanding on previous knowledge\skill
4) acquisition of new insights
5) recognition and acknowledgement of mistakes

I wonder if she might accept 'ironing' as an action, that I hesitated about doing, but did anyway?


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Jul. 19th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'd count ironing.

I'm so mired in inertia that any time I do SOMEthing, rather than NOthing, it bloody well counts.

Getting past the inertia has value. With luck it will spill over into career-related pursuits.
Jul. 19th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
When I look at the that list I just feel...tired.

I can see the value of each, but some of them, like the first, might take a bit of time.
And I've got so much work to do around the house that yes, ironing would count. After all, there's no qualifying statement with that item. :D

Edited at 2012-07-20 01:49 am (UTC)
Jul. 20th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
I feel a bit silly putting such mundane household tasks as ironing or doing the dishes on the list; but I do agree with the idea that keeping track of your accomplishments (any kind of them) while you're grappling with self-esteem issues might help you start to feel better in the long run. Right now though, I feel as if I've got a mountain to climb, trying to think up 10 achievements in a day.
Jul. 20th, 2012 10:38 am (UTC)
Agreed on both above points. Your list tires me out. I think her approach should be tailored a bit to account for how long you've been out of work, surely?

(and less intimidating for that reason?)
Jul. 20th, 2012 11:23 am (UTC)
First she tells me I need to free my mind, let go of stuff, regain some kind of equilibrium...and then she hits me with the demand I undertake & complete no less than 10 separate actions in a day! With the result that this morning, I almost felt guilty about sitting down for coffee after my shower, instead of tackling the kitchen cupboards immediately ;-)
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