Author: Nishaanthini M
->What am I going to do with my future?
->Have I chosen the right major?
->Will I get a job that I like?
->What if I don’t like what I end up doing in the future?
->Will I make enough money to live my dream life?
->Can I change my career if I don’t like what I’m doing?
->Am I doing enough to get the dream job that I want?
Is it normal?
If these questions have occurred to you in the past, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. It is normal to feel worried and insecure about what the future has in store for us. With the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and the alarming number of layoffs that came after, uncertainty is sure to set in.
What is Career Anxiety?
The nervousness and/or fear associated with uncertainties in future career prospects is called career anxiety. Career anxiety can be associated with feelings of stress, worry, and insecurity concerning personal career development and achieving the goals that you have set for yourself. It may develop in anyone- a high school student or a well experienced professional who is looking for changes in their work life.
Indicators of Career Anxiety:
->Constantly thinking about the future
->Worrying about what could go wrong
->Feeling clueless and/or scared while talking about your future
->Fearing judgment when talking about your career choice
->Wondering if you chose the wrong major
->Having sleepless nights thinking about your career
When should you worry about it?
Occasionally feeling worried about the future is normal. It only becomes a concern when it gets in the way of your regular activities and causes distress in everyday life. If it is all that you can ever think of, if it doesn’t let you fall asleep at night easily, and/or if it affects the quality of your life in any way; it is high time you do something about it.
How can you overcome it?
Seeking a career coach or counselor will prove to be highly advantageous to overcome career anxiety. A career counselor is a skilled professional who is trained to discover things that you do not know about yourself to help you find the right career. They will help you by indicating the things that you are good at, and will be able to provide a direction for you to work towards. Having a counselor will bring more positivity to your life, and you will be pushed into achieving what you want while also being good at it.
Tips to overcome Career Anxiety:
->Figure out a general idea of what you want to do
->Write about the fears that hold you back
->Build your resume with essential skills
->Make peace with things that are not under your control
->Talk to people with a similar background of your major to acquire other
->Avoid trying to be perfect all the time
->Talk about it to a therapist
It is completely normal to worry about the future, but the worry shouldn’t interfere with your productivity or everyday activities. When it does, it is advised that you seek professional help to overcome it and have a clear direction to march towards. Even if you are in your 50s, it is okay to get bored of your job or to want a change in your professional life. Give your best, most sincere shot at whatever you do, and the results are bound to take you up the ladder of your desired career.