Episode 59: Job Challenges and Career Opportunities
In this episode, we look at challenges and strategies for navigating some very familiar career topics, including dealing with role ambiguity and scope creep, and we’ll also talk about how the skill of reframing can help you make career moves faster. This episode explores these topics from the standpoint an important job role that often misunderstood – the business analyst. That’s where my guest comes in. Laura Brandenburg is the founder of Bridging the Gap, which helps mid-career professionals start and succeed in business analysis careers. She’s also the best-selling author of How to Start a Business Analyst Career.
Laura’s view on the greatest unmet wellbeing need at work today
“It’s the lack of meaning. Like really, truly feeling like what you're doing is meaningful work. And that is so connected to your wellbeing because when you feel like you're making a valuable contribution to the world at large, you're feeling connected to something important, like everything else in your life tends to flow easier when that that part is taken care of. So, just that sense of feeling like our work matters in the bigger scheme of things.”
What “working with humans” means to Laura
“I think it's just a reminder that in everything we do, we're connected to other human beings. So, it’s like human beings that show up in their physicality and their emotions and their mental – all of those things – it's like we're connecting on a Zoom screen, but you're a human being on the other side… And so bringing our full humanity into our work and just appreciating that no matter what we're doing behind whatever computer screen like there's still humans that are using our work, and we're still working with them. So we're working with humans, no matter what the intermediary is that we're working through.”