How to Recover from a Career Crisis
If You Have Ever Experienced Any Of The Following, You Have Had a Career Crisis
  • Losing your job
  • Being fired
  • Burning out
  • Not wanting to do your job for one more day
A career crisis can be caused either by someone else (being laid off) or by your own feelings (burning out).
Common Causes of Career Crises:
There are many reasons why people experience career crises. Here are a few:
  • Corporate downsizing
  • Burnout
  • Burning out
Career Crisis: Who It Hurts the Most
A career crisis hurts you because it is devastating to your ego. The hurt tends to be greater when one gets a sense of identity and self-esteem from his or her job title, status, and income. A crisis hurts your family because they must experience the emotional fallout that follows a crisis. Your family may also experience a feeling of lost self-esteem and status, especially if you were fired or laid off.
How to Help Someone in a Career Crisis
Here are a few ideas for being helpful to people going through career crises:
  1. People need support when they are having a career crisis, even though they may seem to push you away.
  2. Ask how you can help.
  3. Do not give advice unless asked.
  4. Check in regularly with the crisis victim; let him or her know you are there.
  5. Remind the crisis victim of what a good person he or she is, even without the identity and status that the job provided.
  6. Sometimes a career crisis sends a person into a serious depression for which help is needed. If you sense danger, urge the crisis victim to seek help.
The Career Crisis Recovery Exercise
Write out your answers to the following questions. This self-help exercise can help you process your feelings about what has happened to you.
  1. Describe what happened when your career crisis happened.
  2. Describe the job or career. Where did you work? What was it like? Who did you work with? What do you miss the most? What do you not miss at all?
  3. Describe your feelings about the loss of the job or career.
  4. What has the impact of this crisis been on your life? What else have you lost because of your career crisis?
  5. What barriers stop you from moving on?
  6. What are 10 things you can do starting today to continue the recovery process?
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