You may not have a job and wish you had one; or you may have a job or a career. You may enjoy this work. It may help you to understand your value and provide you with needed income. This work, or parts of it, may cause you stress and make your life more difficult. While there are difficult aspects of every job or career, overall you should have a job or career that you enjoy, one that increases your enjoyment of life rather than detract ing from it. The following questions may help you decide if you need to make some changes in your employment situation:
- Does your job or career enhance your life and wellness?
- If it doesn't, what needs to change in order to make it a good job for you?
- What can you do to make these things happen?
- If you don't have a job, would you like one?
- If so, how could you make that happen?
- Would you rather work for someone else or work for yourself?
- If this is not your current situation, how could you make this happen?
- Do you have interests, skills, and talents that you could use to develop your own job or career?
- If so, what are they?
- What steps could you take to make this happen?
- Various resources in your area can assist you with work-related issues. They may be agencies for employment and training, vocational rehabilitation, protection and advocacy, social security, mental health agencies, or schools, colleges, and universities. You can begin this process by reaching out to one of these places and asking them who else they would suggest. As you reach out to an agency they suggest, ask for other referrals. If you feel you need to reach out for assistance on work-related issues, who are you going to reach out to first?
- You may know or find that you need more education and/or training to get the job of your choice. If you do, one or several of the agencies listed above would help you figure out how to do that. How are you going to find out if you need more education and/or training?
- If you already know that you need more education or training, how are you going to work toward getting it?
Sourced in November 2013 from:
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15-99
Rockville, MD 20857