Tune into Your Career Desires and Claim Your Value

Notes from Dr. Nayla Bahri

I work with clients from many industries, lived experiences, and corners of the globe.

In my work with these clients, I help them get tuned into their current “Career Desires,” as I call them. This means pausing to understand what we really need and want from work now. Most of my clients and students discover they are using outdated blueprints and models to define what they want, maybe from far earlier in their career or after completing school.

If we don’t know what we really want, it’s hard to get it.

Another area I work with my clients on is “Claiming Your Value,” which simply put is getting more confident and practiced at talking about how you add value to organizations, even if you’re not working right now. We also discuss networking as a learning activity, not focused simply on meeting people, but on creating insights and awareness through thoughtful planning.

All of this contributes to building career stamina.

Testimonials from Dr. Nayla Bahri’s Clients

Client #1

This client came to me frustrated by being bypassed for a promotion at the firm she’s been at for 4 years. As we worked together, she realized that while she wanted recognition and growth for her achievements, she wasn’t fully aligned with the values and direction of the organization, and was ready for a search.

Furthermore, she knew was letting the situation bring out counterproductive behavior in her relationship with the management team. She knew the search could take a while given her seniority and the marketplace, so she had to make it work where she was in the interim.

We did a fair amount of work on values and Career Desires–what does she really need and want from her workday and experience of work to feel satisfied. This led to some insights for her ideal work situation, and confidence in the search as she was able to share a greater career narrative–Claim Your Value.

Going back to values and understanding her unique contribution to work also allowed her to manage her attitude at work by deeply engaging in more projects that leverage her strengths and interests, and dialing back some of her emotional response to the parts of the day that weren’t’ aligned with her values.

And she had this to say about networking and interviewing:

“And good news – I secured a screening interview this week for a role that sounds really interesting! What’s particularly exciting is to realize that I’m anticipating the interview process feeling like I am in an equal bargaining position with the potential employer. That is, I’m not desperate to prove how right I am for the job. Instead, while I know I can excel at the job itself as described, I need to determine whether the culture and parameters of the opportunity are aligned with what I am looking for and what will inspire me. This is not a perspective I have ever had before in approaching a job interview. It’s invigorating!”

Client #2

This client came to me frustrated by being bypassed for a promotion at the firm she’s been at for 4 years. As we worked together, she realized that while she wanted recognition and growth for her achievements, she wasn’t fully aligned with the values and direction of the organization, and was ready for a search.

Furthermore, she knew was letting the situation bring out counterproductive behavior in her relationship with the management team. She knew the search could take a while given her seniority and the marketplace, so she had to make it work where she was in the interim.

We did a fair amount of work on values and Career Desires–what does she really need and want from her workday and experience of work to feel satisfied. This led to some insights for her ideal work situation, and confidence in the search as she was able to share a greater career narrative–Claim Your Value.

Going back to values and understanding her unique contribution to work also allowed her to manage her attitude at work by deeply engaging in more projects that leverage her strengths and interests, and dialing back some of her emotional response to the parts of the day that weren’t’ aligned with her values.

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