The statistics on gender and stress are alarming which isn’t necessarily a good thing for women.

  • 49% surveyed said their stress has increased over the past five years, compared to 39% in men
  • 65% of women cite that work is a source of stress
  • 79% of women are more likely to report that money is a source of stress

One career move can address, impact and improve each of these statistics. Going forward, I’m advocating for the best Ericka I can be BEFORE I coach a client, publish my new book, facilitate a workshop or volunteer because I’m committed to pursuing my next level with excellence. With this in mind, I recently resigned from my role as an Adjunct Professor.

Here’s why:

  • Self-care has to remain a priority before I serve others in any capacity and so I can perform exceptionally while advancing my career
  • I prayed and realized I could allocate the 6 hours I spent teaching incorporating activities that align with the “I Vote For Myself First Movement” including: exercising, eating healthier, resting, reading, having fun, dancing around the house, singing my favorite songs, creating content and spending time engaging those close to me
  • I can STILL impact the College and Career Readiness conversation by creating content vs teaching

While stress at work wasn’t the catalyst for change in my life, considering my professional goals and quality of life were top of mind. Before you create your start/stop list or consider this a “sign to quit”:

  1. Be clear on why you started
  2. Be clearer on why you should stop or quit
  3. Determine how you can achieve a greater result with less effort creating mutual wins when possible

Let me ask you: what will you need to stop doing? Maybe it’s leaving your current role to find a new one, maybe it’s narrowing your list of work priorities down to 3 instead of 13, or perhaps you simply need to say yes to yourself before saying yes to everyone and everything else.

If you’re stressed at work or need to reprioritize in an effort to excel, perform with excellence and take your career to the next level, there’s no time like the present to make the necessary changes, one step at a time; one day at a time. You deserve it!


PS- If you’re planning to leave your new role, you need a plan that includes identifying career options, your skills, etc. I’ll help with this and more when you join me October 14th for my first 2 hr. workshop “Career Management 101”. [Click here to register Only 14 slots left for this free session! ]

Ericka Spradley, President of My Next Level ensures ambitious professionals and students get hired. As a Career Coach, Adjunct Professor and Author (“30 Min. Career Coach: Interview Basics for High School Students”, “7 Days to Confident Interviews”), she empowers others to take their interviewing skills to the next level so they can ultimately secure employment. Ericka also provides career support/guidance for clients when she’s not working tirelessly to change the career readiness conversation and course curriculum to include interviewing skills. To download your complimentary copy of “5 Simple Strategies to Land Your Ideal Job” click here