CareerDevastation as it relates to pain and suffering
Careerdevastation refers to stress related impacts to having uneventfuloccurrences in someone’s career development. It is a concept thataffects a great deal of the working population that has received veryminimal attention by researchers. Career devastation has the impactto affect the psychological, emotional, and physical health anddevelopment of individuals. This has a further impact on theirability to fulfill their career goals and objectives. Additionally,this has an impact on the influences of individuals on thedevelopment of the social and economic state of the economy. Thedevelopment of a society and its economy required the availability ofhealth and persistent individuals to handle the different jobplacements and responsibilities. The lack of effective strategiesdealing with career devastation and its effects denies the workingpopulation the capacity to handle these required job responsibilitiesand roles in a healthy society. This could prove devastating for thehealth development of society’s social and economic environment. Assuch, it is important to understand the dynamic factors involved incareer devastation, their influences on individuals and the society,and the probable strategies to their mitigation.
Inthe modern world today, career devastation is an aspect that affects60% of people within the working age or employment age bracket. Only40% of individuals in this age are satisfied and happy with theircareers of which nearly 15% do not rely on employment of any form ofeconomic activity for livelihood due to coming from rich familybackgrounds that support them throughout. The sources of careerdevastation in different individuals have been linked to theobtaining of a job, stress in job satisfaction, and on losing a jobor changing jobs. These three factors lead to both emotional andpsychological pain and suffering in individuals making them moredepressed and devastated with their careers.
Mostpeople develop a career line throughout their younger life as theystudy and attend school. The effort put in school work, research, andstudies are expected to pay off when one lands their first job. Thisis further expected to yield satisfaction by being a stepping stonetowards the attainment of their career dreams and goals. It is theloss of hope and frustrations involved in getting a job thatdevastates the career dream and choice. This is especially crucial inthe current competitive and over-commercialized society of today. Inmost societies, you are more appreciated and respected when you holda good career, a good job, and are financially stable to take care ofyour needs and wants (Kumarand Thiyaneswaran, 2013).However, this state has become harder and harder to attain due to theharsh economic environment and the high unemployment rates. Theeconomy is filled with high population pressures at all age groupswith more and more professionals in different careers being producedinto the job market by higher learning institutions. This has made itmore difficult for individuals to get their first or subsequentemployment opportunities.
Psychologicalassociations of career devastation
Theharshness involved in procuring an employment position is veryharmful to the career realization of most individuals. There is agreat deal of pain associated with the inability of procuring anemployment position after having invested a lot of time and effortinto establishing a career. Individuals will suffer from thepsychological torture of self-prosecution given their inability toprocure an employment position this is especially stronger withindividuals who know of their age mates who have gotten employmentand are doing better. Then there is the aspect of not being able tofulfill the responsibilities expected of them by society after havingcompleted their studying and entered the job market. Individuals inthe society who are not in the similar position at the time tend notto comprehend how a qualified individual can lack an employmentopportunity or any form of income earning venture to pursue. Thisleads to a great form of psychological torture where an individual isforced to blame themselves and feel lesser of themselves compared toothers in the society. According to Walkerand Peterson (2012),self-blame and comparing oneself to others results to a high degreeof psychological torture coupled with anger and depression whichfurther devastate their careers. The developments of such cyclicaleffects tend to fully devastate their career dreams and chances topoints they may not be able to reestablish themselves without seriouspsychological help.
Emotionalassociations of career devastation
Accordingto a study done by Zamostnyand O’Brien(2015),the loss of a job is linked to emotional responses such as of anger,pain, guilt, fear, and anxiety of the future amongst others. Themagnitude and resultant impacts of the resultant pain and sufferingdiffer between different individuals depending on their reaction andcoping mechanisms. An individual’s ability to cope effectively withsuch a loss can be dependent on factors such as their character, pastexperiences of loss, expectations, and the environment in which theygrew up. A career is something that takes an individual many years ofplanning and investment to get to fruition. It is in most case theonly life line and hope of expectations they hold. In mostindividuals, landing the first job and other subsequent jobs afterthat one is normally a step in the right direction towards thefulfillment of their careers. As such, they put a lot of hope andexpectations in their jobs to be of meaningful development to theircareer goals and dreams. Major challenges and obstructions to theirattainment prove devastating to their wellbeing.
Thereis associated emotional pain and psychological suffering with theloss of a job (Lent, 2013). There is a great deal of an unknownchange in the loss of a job that impact one’s self-esteem and asense of purpose. It brings to question the main purpose one has inlife and why things seem to be going so wrong. With such feelings andthoughts, it is common for individuals to deal with the grief yapportioning the blame onto someone. In 90% of the times, mostindividuals who lose jobs tend to apportion blame on themselves while10% of the time they tend to blame other people related to theirlives such as families, colleagues, or friends. Self-blame in losinga job is very devastating to one’s career chances and leads to agreat deal of pain and suffering. Pain is related to the developmentof anger and dislikes towards oneself and their life which can leadto the neglect of the various aspects of their life such as healthyeating, studying, or looking for another job or business.Self-seclusion or shying away from the society and public platformresults from both self-blame and apportioning blame to others. Anindividual end up closing up from the world and suffer in silence.This can lead to the lack of asking or receiving any form ofassistance to deal with the emotional, psychological, and financialchallenges that result from the loss of employment.
Changeswithin jobs and expectations
Theaspects of looking for a job after completion of studies and enteringthe job market and losing a job relate to the uncertainty of thefuture. The two processes of obtaining employment and changingemployment involve are very vital change processes to the attainmentof satisfaction in a career (Laska,Gurman, and Wampold, 2014)).It is all associated with the probability and ability of attainmentand fulfillment of ones built up expectations over their career. Withthe current high unemployment status and low wage rates due to harsheconomic environments, getting a job is one leading cause of careerdevastation. Most people will deal with pain and suffering fromwither the inability to procure a job for the first time and whenthey lose a job or from the unsatisfying terms of the jobs they getconcerning their expectations. The numbers of disgruntled andsatisfied individuals in employment today is higher than thosesatisfied. Job dissatisfaction can lead to aspects such as the lowmorale, lost hope, and economic and financial constraints.Furthermore, a greater number of individuals suffer in silence indifferent career jobs than their trained and objective career jobsand goals due to the lack of jobs and thus need to compromise andsettle on any job available for survival purposes. Employmentdissatisfaction can lead to health complications, stress, depression,and aggressive, antisocial behavior amongst other negative impacts.Emotional dissatisfaction, financial constraints, and psychologicaltorture result from such situations threatening the total abandonmentof one’s career goals and objectives.
Careerdevastation treatment and management options
Lifestylechanges have been associated with the relief of career devastationand its impacts on an individual. This is mostly linked to puttingoneself in a situation where they have healthy choices and activitiesin their daily routines. Lifestyle changes in dealing with careerdevastation are linked to individuals who are undergoing thechallenges of getting a job or of losing a job. Lifestyle changes toinvolve healthy and positive activities in one’s schedule has apositive impact on relieving both emotional, physical, andpsychological stress effects of career devastation. An individualshould have a routine that involves having full healthy meals thatencompass a balanced diet with occasional treats to boost theirphysical health and moods. The accompaniment of occasional treatssuch as ice cream and chocolate has been associated with hormonesthat induce a good mood and feeling of heightened wellness. Physicaland psychological stress can also be dealt with through theassociation of a good exercise schedule and be obtaining good nightsleep every night. This is vital in giving the body energy and timeto rejuvenate thus raising an individuals’ capacity to deal withthe stress involved with career devastation and come up with asolution to better their situations. A healthy diet and regularexercise have been known to have therapeutic effects on the physical,emotional, and psychological wellbeing of individuals. As such, theseare not only recommended as curative strategies for a depressed andstressful situation but also for healthy living individuals to reducethe probability of succumbing to depression and stressful conditions.
Psychotherapyand support groups
Acutedepression cause by the results of career devastation has been provento better through the application of medical psychotherapy. Theapplication of medical psychotherapy is involving of aspects of talktherapy aimed at improving the mood and coping skills of individualsfaced with career devastations. Talk therapy is involving of both aone on one session with a professional psychologist and theengagement of a support group. A study conducted on joblessindividuals in a society established that those exposed topsychological counseling and support groups had a high rate ofengaging in optional income generating activities such as smallbusiness ventures than those without access to psychologicalcounseling and support groups. It also established a strongerresilience to career devastation on new graduates who were counseledto in preparation for the harsh job and economic environment thanthose who received no psychological preparation. A psychologist isvital in assisting an individual to understand their careerdevastation situation on a lighter note mainly to remove the feelingsof guilt and blame. Through such service, they are also able to tapdeep into their emotions and mind to find the strength and solutionsthey have to their situations. The aspect of support groups has beenassociated with more success recoveries from career devastations thanany other form of psychological intervention. Laska,Gurman, and Wampold (2014)describe a support group as a situation where one can share theirsituations with others facing similar situations bringing anunderstanding of the commonality and temporal aspects of theirproblems. This creates a pool of ideas and experiences within thesame problem of career devastation thus provoking change in thoughtsand ideas on coping and recovery. However, there are challengesinvolved in establishing support groups due to the lack of amechanism to identify individuals within the similar situation in acommunity. In most cases, career devastation is taken to be a failureand embarrassment thus making most individuals hide off or shy awayfrom letting their situation known. Joining a support group requiresone to have accepted their situation and ready to seek help. Thepublic nature of support groups is responsible for their inefficiencyin most societies thus leaving many individuals with careerdevastation to suffer in silence. Medically, all forms of depressioncan be managed through the use of antidepressant drugs which areavailable in local medical stores. These drugs are taken to relievethe feeling of depression thus allowing an individual some moments intheir situation where they can think straight and in a good mood toattempt and change their situations. Most common antidepressantsconsist of a combination of the chemicals dopamine, norepinephrine,and serotonin. These chemicals are established as boosters of braincircuits and chemicals useful in the stimulation of good moods andpositive attitudes. However, the continued use of antidepressants inthe relieving of depression in individuals is discouraged as it leadsto an addictive tendency on the drugs. An individual will tend tohave a dependency syndrome on antidepressants which further worsenstheir depression state when they are not in use of the drugs.
Careercoaching and preparation
Psychologicaland emotional preparation has been proposed as the best strategytowards career devastation. A study conducted by Zamostnyand O’Brien(2015), establishedthat 8 in every ten individuals within the working population willface a career devastating situation at one time or another in theirworking life. This means that 80% of individuals within the workingpopulations must at one time or another face one of the situations ofbeing unemployed, losing their job, demotion, or job dissatisfaction.This makes career devastation as one of the most vital employees’related challenges today. As such, Lent(2013)suggest that individuals entering the job market and those inemployment should be well prepared through the establishment ofcareer planning and coaching exercises. Career planning from anearlier age before entering the job market will give them a properunderstanding of their probable future situations and options. Thiswill offset the devastating impacts of stress related to not having ajob, displacement, or job dissatisfaction. Career coaching will alsohave the effect of diversifying the availability and recognition ofcareer options and strategies to reaching their goals and dreams.Career preparations and development from an earlier age andthroughout an individual’s career life is vital in ensuring thatindividuals are well prepared and equipped for the in eventualitiesof occurrence of a devastating career event in their lifetime.
Currentlythere is an undergoing study that looks to prove on the vitality andimpacts of developing generalized careers that can fit into differentcategories in the job market. Kumarand Thiyaneswaran (2013) have establishedthat most careers share a specific group of skills and experiencesrequired for their qualifications. These skills and experiencesappear to be common in most non-technical careers thus enabling foran individual to move and adapt in job placements at these differentcareer lines. The study is being conducted to act as a policyrecommendation for the development of a career line that will enablean easier transition of employees from one job position or market toanother. It will also aid in the acquisition of jobs for newgraduates who would have gained a greater job variety to choose from.The establishment of such as course or career line will have animmense influence on the deterring case of career devastation.Through the reduction of the unemployment rates and the stressinvolved in job changes and job searches less and fewer people willbe exposed to cases of career devastations.
Careerdevastation is a vital aspect that affects most of the workingpopulations but has received minimal attention in studies. It has alarge influence on the physical, emotional, and psychologicalwellbeing of the employed population. This, in turn, has thepotential to impact on the state of the economy and wellbeing of thesocial status of the society. As such, career devastation cases areserious and should be addressed through strategic applications. Theapplications of strategies such as such as psychological counseling,career preparation and development, the establishment of an overlyapplicable career, and maintenance of physical, emotional, andpsychological health are vital to mitigating career devastation andits impacts on individuals lives.
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