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Why career coaching has almost nothing to do with your career

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Here’s a metaphor for you:

You’re a tree. You’ve got lots of branches — career, romance, friends, family, hobbies, health — but only one trunk.

If your “career” branch is feeling lackluster, does it really make sense to spend a lot of time pruning, clipping, and sprucing just that branch? Isn’t it likely that if one branch is withering, all of the branches might be affected? And in that case, why not direct your attention to the (brace yourself for a pun) root of the matter?

It seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by …

Dear Krachel: Can I learn to like my job? Or will I always resent having to work?

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Welcome to another episode of Dear Krachel, a monthly advice segment where we answer audience questions about life, career, relationships, existential angst, and anything that helps you become a more whole, fulfilled version of yourself.

On this episode, we’re answering questions from:

Carly, who’s embroiled in a stand-off with her boss. Carly just wants to be allowed to work with the patients that suit her specialty, but her boss says she’s being difficult (and is talking about Carly behind her back). How can she get her boss to drop her guard and actually listen? Allana Marie, …