Speaker Summary 11/17: Coping Effectively in Career Transitions by Dr. Chris McCarthy

November 11, 2014

in Career Direction, Job Search, Life Skills, Uncategorized

Coping Effectively with Career Transitions
Summary:
Make an inventory of some proactive coping skills. Develop your resources to stay positive and to keep moving forward with your job search plans: self-analysis, outside help, continued practice.

1. Scan your “job search environment.” E.g., challenges to overcome, resources available, opportunities in market. Your goal is to plan ahead to increase probability of success.
2. Identify the challenges in your environment that you do have control over and those you don’t have control over.
a. Differentiate between what you are in control of and what you feel you are in control of.
b. Let go of what you are not in control of. Use coping skills.
3. Identify the people you know who can help you meet the challenges in your job search, especially people you haven’t already tapped.
a. Make sure you offer help as much as you ask for help.
4. Maintain proper perspective on your situation.
a. Keep your eye on the big picture. Use self-talk to remind yourself it’s not about immediate circumstances.
b. Don’t obsess with the past. Keep your eye on the future. Make goals and take action to maintain forward momentum.
5. Guard against “Killer Bs” or beliefs.
a. Negative beliefs add to your stress level, even if they’re true. Avoid statements with “should” or “should have.” E.g., he should have offered me the job.
b. Identify what Killer Bs you most often tell yourself; then dispel them with positive truths.

Chris McCarthy, Ph.D., co-founder and Director of Clinical Services of Beacon Career Services specializes in career assessment and planning. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University in 1995. In addition to his work with Beacon, he is currently a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. McCarthy teaches Career Development at the graduate level and conducts research on the career transition process. His work has been published in Career Development Quarterly and the Journal of Employment Counseling.

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