What job should I do

Today's article will start with one of my inquirers, let's call her Xiao M for the time being.

Little M made an appointment with me for a consultation about a month ago.

Her major in university was not financed. At that time, she was silly to work in a prefecture-level city branch of the current state-owned bank.

Because the work is often not recognized by the leader, and there are so many things, she often has to take the work home until ninety o'clock, which is too stressful. In addition, she is less and less enthusiastic about the work of a bank teller, and she always feels When she couldn't adjust her mentality well, she couldn't understand the arrogant cheeks of the rich, which made her psychological burden heavier and heavier.

In the first consultation, based on the analysis and combing of her actual situation, I suggest that she must make a comprehensive consideration based on her actual ability level and health status. If she can't bear it, she must find a supervisor to communicate in person, or even see if there is any. There is no possibility of internal job transfers, so we can strive for more free space for ourselves and effectively reduce work pressure.

Considering that she knows almost nothing about other jobs outside of the bank, she doesn't know what she will be interested in, and her personality is more sensitive and can listen to others and empathize well, I suggest that she might as well In my spare time, I try to participate in some studies, such as psychologists, organizers, etc., to see if there is any possibility of engaging inside jobs.

A few days ago, she suddenly sent a WeChat message: "Mr. Xu, I think the internal job adjustment in the bank you mentioned last time does not apply to me. For this hard work but not recognized, I am not good at bank work. I can't make it any longer, and I especially want to resign. Apart from those organizers and psychologists, what career is more suitable for me?"

Later, she said that she didn't know what kind of job she could find, and if there was a suitable job, she would act.

When I suggested that she go to the recruitment website to do some information gathering work, she seemed a little emotional:

"What you mean is that I go to find it myself, why can't you make job suggestions based on my personality and show me which job is right for me?"

I know that when faced with confusion in the workplace, too many people, like Xiao M, are eager to find a so-called "suitable job" as soon as possible.

But the problem is that finding a job that suits you takes a long time and cannot be done overnight.


I am well aware that what makes thousands of people in the workplace feel distressed, depressed, anxious, and often just--

I feel that my current job is not suitable for me, what should I do?

Do you want to change jobs to find a job that suits me?

How to find it?

What if I still can't find it?

But did you know? If you want to find a "right" job, you need to solve at least the following three key issues:

  1. What kind of job is really suitable for me? High salary? interested? competent? Comfortable? Stablize? growing up?
  2. What should I do if only one or two aspects are suitable for me, and other aspects are not suitable for me? Want to quit? Where to jump?
  3. Is it possible that today is more suitable for my job, but not suitable for the future? Is there always a suitable job for me?

The above questions are all around a concept: the match between the individual and the profession;

The hypothesis behind it is: the higher our match with the profession, the easier it is to achieve professional success and happiness; on the contrary, the easier it is to suffer frustration and anxiety.

When it comes to job matching, we have to introduce a professor and his famous theory. He is Professor Frank Parsons (1854.11.14-1908.9.26) and his "trait-factor theory".

Let's look at his career experience first.

In 1872, after graduating from Parsons University at the age of 18, he worked as a railway engineer in a company. Before he could flex his muscles, in 1873 (just one year), due to the impact of the Great Depression, the company soon went bankrupt, and he was forced to lose his job; after that, he looked for a job for several months, guess what, He finally found a job as a worker. Later, he changed jobs to become a teacher in a public school. Later, he passed the bar exam and became a lawyer…

Engineers, workers, teachers, lawyers, perhaps it is this kind of frequent fluctuations, insecurity, and stability that jump around, prompting Professor Parsons to start thinking painfully: how can one find the one that suits him best? work?


The "trait" in the theory of trait factors refers to a person's physical and psychological personality traits, including interests, hobbies, abilities, personality, etc.; "factors" refer to the requirements or qualifications that a person must have for a specific job.

The premise of the idiosyncratic factor theory is:

  1. Everyone has a series of unique characteristics, and can be measured objectively and effectively;
  2. In order to be successful, different professions need to be equipped with different characteristics of personnel;
  3. Choosing a profession is a fairly easy process, and it is possible to match the roles and positions;
  4. The closer the relationship between personal characteristics and job requirements, the greater the possibility of professional success.

Therefore, the trait factor theory suggests that people should follow three basic steps when choosing a career:

  1. Know yourself, including interests, hobbies, personality, core values, and ability characteristics;
  2. Understand occupations, including working environment, nature of work, work content, work pressure, qualifications, salary, promotion space, etc.;
  3. There are two basic ideas for job matching: Either factor matching, and finding people based on the specific requirements of the job; or trait matching, finding jobs based on the specific characteristics of people.

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