Most of us stop writing in a journal or diary after the teenage years – but according to this article and a recent study, there’s definitely reason to journal in your adult life, especially if you’re going through a career change.
Per the article:
In a study, job seekers who wrote about their emotions in losing their jobs were more likely to find new positions than those who didn’t write about their feelings. The study focused on a group of professionals who had been laid off and were invited to participate in a project that involved writing for just 20 minutes a day for five days.
According to the study, in the first three months following the writing week, 25 percent of the job candidates who wrote consistently in their journal about their emotions landed a job, compared to only 5 percent of the job candidates who chose to not to write or just listed their job search activities. The results are interesting and support the idea that emotions influence your job search and acknowledging them can lift your spirits.
What interesting research! I have seen first hand how acknowledging and engaging with your emotions while simultaneously crafting a job search strategy can make a huge difference in the results of your career.
I highly encourage you to consider journaling, but you can also achieve this combination of emotional + strategic processing by having consistent conversations with a mentor, Career Coach or counselor. The real point is that burying your emotions is detrimental to your career path, and opening up to them can increase your chance of reaching your goals!
What are your thoughts on this concept?