Do you sometimes feel unqualified to achieve the big dream of your career?
Do you feel like you should spend $100,000s of dollars (if you're in the US) (or if you're outside the US, put your career on hold to go study) in order to get an advanced degree or training and finally feel legit in your profession?
I've felt that way too. When I got my bachelor's degree, my professors groomed me for a PhD in Literature. I decided not to get one, but throughout my career, there was always a voice in my head telling me that I wouldn't be legit until I got a PhD in whatever field I was working in at the time.
The need to study more before you can have the career you want is something I see a lot in my clients. And I don't want to knock school -- if you want to be a medical doctor or a licensed therapist, you do need to go to school. And if you want to do research, an academic institution is often the best way to get your research done.
But in many cases I see, this desire for more education is hiding a basic sense of unworthiness, one that no degree or certificate can take away.
If you're in a profession in which you don't need a professional license in order to practice, and if you don't want to do research, ask yourself -- Do you feel worthy and talented? Do you feel like you can learn the skills of the trade? Do you feel knowledgeable about your field? Do you feel like you can help people?
If not, why not?
Unpack the desire to study. What need is it fulfilling? Is there an alternative way to meet that need?
As for me, I will always continue to train and stay updated on the latest best practices of my profession. But I also understand that my basic sense of worth and service to my clients is separate from that training. I hope the same for you.
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