What’s Stopping You? Career Obstacles and How To Overcome Them

June 5, 2019

The careers we pick are important! After all, we spend the majority of our days at work, and they also provide us with purpose, pay, and social interaction as well. That is why it is crucial that we are as happy as possible in the career that we choose. Of course, that means we need to identify any obstacles that are getting in the way of this and overcome them. A topic that you can read more about in my post below.

I don’t know what I want to do!

One of the biggest problems people have with their career is when they don’t actually know what it is that they want to spend their life doing. Of course, this can be a real issue because, without a goal, any effort you put in is likely to be wasted!

Happily, there are a range of approaches that you can take that should make narrowing down the right career path more accessible. In fact, there are even published guides such as What Color Is Your Parachute you can use. The advantages of such being that they cover all of the aspects of identifying the perfect career, from what you enjoy doing and are good at to what sort of salary you want, where you will want to be base and even the type of organization that you will wish to work in. The latter being surprisingly crucial to career and job satisfaction.

Of course, if you don’t want to go through this somewhat detailed process on your own, you can get in touch with a career or life coach and allow them to help you through the process as well. In fact, often having someone else with whom to bounce ideas off and remain accountable to can really help expedite this process, and bring you nearer to a career choice that you will find fulfilling.

I have not time to study for a new career!

Another major issue that many people encounter when it comes to their career is that they want to change what they are doing, but haven’t got the time, or the money to go back into full-time education to retrain.

Happily, this is no longer the barrier that it used to be, primarily because it is now possible to complete accredited distance learning courses online, from the comfort of your very own home. In fact, many such courses are career specific, and you can even choose the times when you study meaning they can easily be fit in around other work commitments and family responsibilities too.

I have a disability that impacts my ability to work!

Over one billion people worldwide have a disability, and many more have physical and mental health issues that impact their ability to work and pursue their chosen career at one time or another. Of course, it is worth noting that employers do have to make certain adjustments for those with a disability or health issue in the workplace.

Additionally, if you are disabled and are having difficulties in finding a job or the right career then using one of the many Disability Employment Providers that are out there to help you can be a good idea. This is because not only they put you in contact with the right employer, but they can also advise you on your rights, help you find training, and even assist you with fees and funding for educational courses as well. All things that will help increase your opportunity of finding the right career.

I love my job, it’s just the people I dislike!

Sometimes it isn’t our job that gives us the most hassle in our day, but the people that we work with. Sadly, for people suffering from this problem, they need to realise that nearly all jobs require human interaction to some level.

Of course, that isn’t to say there aren’t tactics that can be used to help the more introverted find satisfaction in their careers. In fact, there are two main approaches to resolving this issue.

The first and more straightforward option is to stay within the same career field but find another organisation to work in. After all, it may just be a bad match of personalities in your current team or workplace.

However, some folks find that is isn’t so much that individuals that they dislike but having to deal with people in general. Of course, if this is the case, then a career move to an industry that is less people-focused may be in order. Although, choosing to work remotely or even starting up your own business where you work alone can also be viable options.  

I want to start my own business, but don’t know how!

Speaking of setting up your own business, this and be the ultimate goal for many people in their careers. Of course, the obstacles that you need to overcome here to succeed can be a lot more intense, because you not only need the expertise to get things off the ground but the finances as well.

Happily, there are resources out there that can provide you information on how to set up your own business including the legal issue you will need to deal with such a tax registration, and insurance, and how to create a viable business plan.

Such resources may even be able to provide you with advice on how to find funding for your business, whether that is through angel investors, business loans, or even peer to peer lending. The latter being something that is becoming increasingly popular in the startup world.

Of course, when starting up your own business finding someone that has been there and done it before to act as your mentor is an excellent idea as well. After all, you can learn from their experience, and rather than having to make costly mistakes as you go along, you will have a much better chance of making a success of this type of career the first time around.


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