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The Internet’s Career Therapist

The Internet’s Career Therapist


It’s been a while since I wrote an actual article on Work It Daily. (These days, I do most of my career advice writing for Inc Magazine and all my videos are being created for Youtube.) But today, I wanted to share something more personal as it relates to my work – and this seemed like the perfect place.

So, let me begin by saying:

Here’s some irony for you…

For years, I’ve struggled to properly explain what I do for work. Funny, right? The gal that has spent the last 15+ years of her life helping professionals with their personal brands, job searches, and career planning doesn’t know what to label herself. Saying I’m a “career coach” has never seemed to properly convey the job. I feel that title makes light of the important work myself and my Work It Daily teammates do every day. And, I feel the term “career counselor” really speaks to those folks you find at high schools and colleges. But recently, a conversation about the evolution of Work It Daily provided me with a big ah-ha moment. Ever since that, I’ve wanted to post the following…

“My name is J.T. and I’m a career therapist.” (Finally! I said it.)

I’ve known for a long time this is really my job. Each day, myself and a team of trained career support specialists give people a trusted, secure, and private place to talk honestly about their careers. This is no small thing. As humans, our identities, and subsequently, our happiness are tightly tied to what we do for work. When you spend 40+ hours each week doing a job, it can’t help but define you and impact your ability to feel successful and satisfied in life. So, while I’m not a doctor (and I don’t play one on TV), I am a career therapist. And, I’m no longer ashamed to say it. Why would I be ashamed? Glad you asked!

Because getting career support is still seen as “taboo”.

When I decided to leave corporate America to become a career coach, my friends and colleagues thought I’d lost my mind. One former college classmate asked me if I was going to become some sort of new-age-hoohey-type (his words, not mine). I lost the respect of some people who thought I was throwing away a perfectly good career track (six-figure female HR executive), to do something weird. To them, people who used career coaches were “broken” and “unemployable.” But over the years, these same people circled back, many of them asking to chat with me about their own career challenges. Still, those early years of criticism from my peers gave me doubts.

But, fast forward to today and here’s what I know…

School teaches us a lot of things, but learning how to identify and pursue a meaningful career throughout our lifetime is not one of them. With more than 70 percent of the working population feeling disengaged and dissatisfied with their career success, we have an epidemic of professional happiness going on right now. And sadly, people don’t seek the help they need. Even though we use trained professionals to fix all sorts of problems in our lives i.e. doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, physical therapists, etc. we still naively think we should be able to figure out our career problems on our own. The good news is, I think the thousands of people who have become members of Work It Daily in the last year would tell you: getting a little career therapy isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a path to greatness. We refer to them as #WIDwarriors, and they’re changing the world, one dream job at a time.

So, to the millions of people sitting in silent disgust and desperation with their careers and failing to get the help they need (you might be one of them?), I say:

What are you waiting for? The Internet’s Career Therapist is ready for you!

And, now that I’m fully embracing the job title, I want to share with you some exciting news.

Work It Daily’s 2019 Career Reinvention Challenge

In January, I’ll be teaching a 28-day professional transformation course to help you start 2019 with more professional power and positivity. It will be open to all of our professional and executive members. Just sign up to our career support program before January 1st to be eligible to participate. In my Career Reinvention Challenge you’ll learn:

  1. Why your unique career narrative is hurting your ability to succeed.
  2. The right way to clear your mind (once and for all) of limiting career beliefs.
  3. How to build a new-and-improved career goal you feel confident you can achieve.

This 28-day session is going to help you kickstart your career goals in 2019. Forget the New Year’s resolutions because this is going to be something you can truly stick with to get results!

PS – If you use the discount code “LINKEDIN10” (all caps or it won’t work) before January 1st, 2019, you will save $10/mo off a membership to our platform. Plus, there are no set up fees and you can cancel at any time. So, join now and you can start getting immediate help with your career AND be signed-up to participate in my Career Reinvention Challenge!

J.T. O'Donnell Job Search & Career Expert. Syndicated Speaker & Author. Wife. Mother. CEO of Work It Daily. Connect with her on Twitter or LinkedIn.