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Career Satisfaction in Canada: An Overview for Aspiring Life Coaches

How would you report your career satisfaction? Career satisfaction is an important component to an individual’s overall sense of wellbeing, and professional performance is a key aspect of how someone feels about themselves and how they respond to the world around them.

As professionals with life coach training know, a negative or poor opinion of a job or career can lead to a variety of complications which impact personal health in ways that many people don’t often consider.

The relationship between job performance and job satisfaction is complex, and many different factors affect how we feel about our work. Individuals in a life coach career can use their training and skills to help others sort through their dissatisfaction or problems with their profession.

Do you want to know how career satisfaction affects us? Check out our infographic to find out more!

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What is Career Satisfaction?

  • Positive emotions related to work
  • Attitude towards working at a specific job or company
  • Contentedness with specific aspects of a job

64% of polled Canadians reported that they like or love their jobs

What Influences Career Satisfaction?

  • Overall workplace morale
  • Density of workload
  • A sense of purpose in performed work
  • Relationship with supervisors, co-workers
  • Location and workplace environment
  • Rate of pay

Higher income brackets were more likely to report positive job satisfaction

3 Ways to Measure Career Satisfaction

Currently, there are three main ways of determining career satisfaction:

  1. Evaluative – do you like or dislike your job?
  2. Affective – what does your job make you feel like?
  3. Cognitive – on a scale, how much do you like your job?

27% of Canadians are enthusiastic about their work.

What is Career Satisfaction Like Among Canadians?

Youth (<25)

  • Many are ambitious, and feel frustrated by their slow career progression
  • 50% would take a pay cut to find work that reflected their values
  • 25% feel their current organization is making full use of their skills

Established (25 – 65)

  • 21% would love to work outside the office every day
  • Overqualification is the main cause of job dissatisfaction
  • 13% of overqualified university graduates were not satisfied with their job

Did you know? Millennial career satisfaction is driven by workplace culture, pay, and flexibility.

Complications of Negative Career Satisfaction

  • Poor job performance
  • Lack of productivity
  • Prolonged stress
  • More prone to depression, anxiety

Disengaged employees in North America cost $350 billion in lost productivity.

Personal Benefits of Career Satisfaction

  • High rate of productivity
  • Reduction in stress
  • Increase in positive thinking
  • Confidence in abilities

Sources

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/75-006-x/2016001/article/14655-eng.htm

https://globalnews.ca/news/2782066/are-you-satisfied-with-your-work-schedule-most-canadians-arent/

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/arash-sharma/no-wonder-canadians-hate-their-jobs-a-lot-of-our-work-is-meaningless_a_23200391/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canadians-top-job-satisfaction-survey-1.2430864

https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9024/m2/1/high_res_d/thesis.pdf

http://www.academia.edu/9617953/The_Positive_and_Negative_Effects_of_Job_Satisfaction_on_Employee_s_Performance_in_an_Organization

https://content.wisestep.com/advantages-disadvantages-job-satisfaction/

https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/millennialsurvey.html