"What do you do?" Many people have been asked that question thousands of times. We are socialized early on in life to the importance of work with the question, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" To most people, a career is much more than just a means to surviving. A person's career is a valuable source of identity, a well of friendships and associations, and a way in which people derive meaning and life satisfaction. When things are not going well on the job or a member of the family has lost his/her job, it can foster discouragement and isolation.

Within the current economic context of rapidly changing labor market opportunities and structural unemployment, many people are faced with the prospect of not simply losing a job, but a way of life. The loss can affect the core of a person's being and can result in a series of emotional reactions that approximate loss reactions including: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The result of job dissatisfaction and unemployment can be an emotional roller coaster which is difficult for everyone involved.

Heritage Counseling Center offers career counseling and coaching because we believe that God calls us to use our skills and interests to bring Him glory (Ex. 23:12; Eccl. 5:19). We want each individual to experience the full satisfaction that comes from knowing that he/she is advancing the cause of God's kingdom through his/her work.

At HCC, we seek to facilitate four primary objectives when helping people find and fit into a good job or career including: (a) increasing self-awareness of values, spiritual gifts, and work interests; (b) becoming familiar with the world of work and opportunities; (c) enhancing decision-making skills; and (d) developing skills to increase chances of employability.

If you are interested in Career Counseling or Coaching you may contact Amy Braun, MA at Heritage Counseling Center by completing the form at HCC Career Counseling or calling her directly at 815.577.8970 ext. 256.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." Colossians 3:23

Written by Amy Braun