We’re on a mission to provide an affordable channel to boost your mental health. So, each week, we’re checking in with our community to see how they’re working on their mental health and their goal towards happiness. We invited to Ashlee Hayes, Career Strategist to share us some career advice on whether you should make a move.


Q: “I am trapped in a job that I can’t leave. I am grateful to have a job during the pandemic but at the same time feel undervalued and unappreciated. This job also requires a lot from us and there are no extra supports, rewards or training.”


A: “I totally understand where you are coming from, and I hear with you managing the pandemic and considering a job transition. The reality is that people are STILL landing new jobs despite the global pandemic. In fact, just this week I had three clients land new jobs amongst the lockdown orders still in place.


A few questions to consider while transitioning into a new role during the pandemic:

1.Is there something specific that is holding you back from leaving? Do you feel obligated to stay or are you under a specific contract where you are unable to leave? What is the obligation and how is it serving you to stay there?


2.What would it feel like to be valued in your role? Can you write down what you are specifically looking for in a role, and from there either have a conversation with your current boss to discuss how you can feel more valued? If this is not possible, then make sure in your next position you ask upfront what the expectations are.


3.Growing your online brand & digital footprint is imperative in today’s online world. Have you updated your LinkedIn profile recently? If not, this is a great place to network without having to leave your own home!


If you are considering a career change, consider these questions:


1. What do your friends and family turn to you for? Have you considered turning these strengths into a side hustle that can create an extra income for you or where you can launch your own passion project?


2. How do you define success in a position? When do you know you are doing enough in your career, and that you are successful?


3.How do you celebrate your accomplishments? Most people accomplish a goal, and hurry up to achieve the next best goal. Try celebrating your wins – this will help your confidence and beat your imposter syndrome!” – Ashlee Hayes, Career Strategist


If you’re struggling with your career, feel free to contact Ashlee via Instagram or website.

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