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what part of your job do you find most challenging?

I’m a senior at Brennan high school in San Antonio that’s looking for insight on forensic psychology. I wanna be able to work closely with crime and really figure out how someone’s mind works.
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Ginger’s Answer

I find two things most challenging in the work environment. 1. Politics - I am not good at politics and do not like being involved with those who use politics as their primary method of operating. The way I counteract politics is by studying and practicing Emotional Intelligence. 2. The old sentiment that you can't say "No" to your peers and upper management. You will earn respect when you are in a situation where the right thing to do is say "No". I always say it with respect to the other person or group. If an explanation is needed to support your "No", that is fine. Please do remember that "No" is a complete statement all by itself.

Ginger recommends the following next steps:

There are several good reads available on Emotional Intelligence. Ronald Golman is a nice start to investigate this field of study. I also like the work of Brene Brown, Researcher, at the University of Houston Clear or brenebrown.com. Warning, Brene does not mince her words and throws in expletives.
Always continue to ask questions and learn everything you can. At times, we ALL fail. What matters after a failure, is to own it, learn from it, and rise up strong. You are worth it!
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Brenda D.’s Answer

I've been working in the corporate world for decades. These things I'm going to mention are less of an issue in smaller companies (at least in my experience), but mostly I've worked for large corporations, so my pains have been:

1.- What I can't control: the more people are involved in a task and the more processes a task involves, the more stressful it becomes because you lose control, which causes anxiety and other pains.

2.- The large amount of emails: it seems unavoidable these days, but people seem to not want to communicate via other channels and emails trumps. Of course email has a lot of benefits, such as not interrupting someone since we are able to check emails whenever we can, another benefit is that you leave a record to track; but many times the emails are about very simple questions or comments that could have been done using another channel and not crowding your Inbox.

3.- Developing and Learning while Growing: it's tough to develop in organizations and learn new things when also moving up on your career ladder. Sometimes you have to give up on the monetary growth to keep the mental growth, specially when you change jobs. Sometimes your supervisors change and that also delays your growth.

Brenda D. recommends the following next steps:

Check industries that can be a better fit for you personally
Check jobs that mesh in with your skills and your personality
Be aware of your non-nos, things you're not willing to change or things you are not interested in learning to find the right place for you
Research the company you're interviewing with, see what previous employees say about its culture
Ask the right questions for you during your interviews with different stakeholders
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