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Coaching Corner: is this (still) the right job for me?

IbyIMD+ Published 1 October 2021 in Team building • 8 min read • Audio availableAudio available

The pandemic has led many people to question their role at work, but leaving the company may not be the only solution to finding job satisfaction.


In my work as an executive coach, I have advised hundreds of clients as they strive to become more effective leaders or connect more deeply to a sense of purpose.  But never before have I had so many clients asking, “Is this still the right job for me?”  

Many of my clients are questioning the fit between themselves, their jobs, and their organizations. That’s different from searching for greater effectiveness or seeking deeper purpose. It is different too from having imposter syndrome or worrying, “Am I good enough to do this job?” They are questioning whether they want to do the jobs they are in anymore; jobs they have often worked long and hard to get in the first place. 

It’s not just my clients who are experiencing this angst. A recent Microsoft study found that 41% of the global workforce is considering leaving their positions. The lockdowns, work-at-home orders, and continued pandemic uncertainty have caused people to rethink their priorities. People report feeling more detached from their colleagues and work environment, which may make it easier to consider leaving. A couple of recent examples will help to illustrate the dynamics: 

Carla is a talented communications director for a mid-sized organization, leading…

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