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What part(s) of the year or season(s) are the hardest or easiest to work in?

As with everything, seasons and year times change people and things happen. Knowing these two things would really help me out. #counselor #mentalhealth #job #college #psychology #career #career-choice


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Christian’s Answer

Hi,

Great question! My answer would change depending on what position or function you have in a company and also which industry you are working in. Working in sales for example usually requires you to put in that extra gear in the last quarter of the year but on the other hand the summer and first month of the new year can be less stressful. If you are working as an engineer or developer it's usually more stressful during end of development sprints which could be weekly/monthly or even annually. However if you have a great manager they can help plan the workload to be somewhat more evenly spread out throughout your work- week or month.

If you are concerned about stress or mental health I wouldn't say it's necessarily related to what position you work in or the seasonality. Make sure you find a job you love doing and that gives you energy doing it. Take the time to find a company that share your values and have a culture that fit you as a person. This will also help you get energy when working rather then burning you out.

I've experience both and even within the same company. Different people are suitable for different work/roles and that is natural. It took me quite some time to figure out what I really wanted to do. I was working in a position for several year that I truly didn't enjoy and it drained me on energy, increase my stress (even though the position it self wasn't very demanding on me) and I was the most unhappy I've ever been.

When I transitioned to a new position and a new team I immediately felt more welcomed and I could relate to the challenges presented to me and I was hungry to get to work. I'm working harder than I have in many year and my energy is higher which is affecting my family life to be better than ever as well.


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Bettye’s Answer

On the issue of which “season” is best to work on, that depends on many factors such as where you live and what career path you’ve chosen. For example, living in the Midwest or Northeast, the snow and cold weather are strong determinants. Work availability based on weather conditions may be limited. The same holds true for the Southern and Western states during summer hours as the heat can become unbearable. Careers that provide seasonal opportunities can be advantageous with these circumstances. I hope this helps.

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Rachel’s Answer

Interesting question. I was a general surgery resident in Pennsylvania, and the winters were brutal. We worked from 5 in the morning to about 8 PM most days. Sometimes, we wouldn't see the sun for weeks at a time. The lack of sunlight can certainly lead to a depressed atmosphere both at home and in the work place.

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celeste’s Answer

Great Question!
I would say that it depends on a lot of different factors. I worked in addiction and I would see it peak when during the summers when it was warm out and things to do outside! Winters the rehab facility I worked at was always full.
In other fields or specialty's that may be different because there are so many factors that impact a person mental health and seasonal is only one potential factor!!

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