1st Edition

How to be Resilient in Your Career Facing Up to Barriers at Work

By Helen Ofosu Copyright 2023
    206 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    206 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book shares vital career advice to help professionals navigate common "internally disruptive" career experiences such as harassment and bullying, imposter syndrome, membership in an underrepresented group, toxic workplaces, discrimination, and more.

    Dr. Helen Ofosu draws on twenty years of helping employers acquire talent and coaching professionals through difficult career choices to unpack these layered and complicated issues in an easy-to-follow way. Dealing with the dark side of management, the book outlines various issues that can occur in the workplace, or during a person’s career journey, and offers practical advice on how to overcome these obstacles and setbacks. Using her considerable HR experience, Dr. Ofosu also offers coveted insights from the employer’s point of view. For people who have already tried other options to resolve their complicated career issues, this book offers an essential guide that equips readers with a knowledge base to make informed decisions around building and sustaining a thriving and resilient career.

    How to be Resilient in Your Career: Facing Up to Barriers at Work is a reliable resource presented with nuance, depth, and specificity. Psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, and HR professionals who are looking for effective advice when supporting people struggling with these issues, will greatly benefit from this book, as will early career professionals, and established earners looking to resolve their career issues.


    1. Psychometric Testing

    2. Underemployment or Being Overqualified

    3. The Impostor Syndrome

    4. Bullying, Harassment, and Discrimination

    5. Navigating Professional Boundaries

    6. Toxic Workplaces

    7. Identity Is Complex

    8. The Importance of Networking, Mentorship ... and Diligence

    9. Workplace Scapegoats and the Glass Cliff

    10. Avoiding and Coping with Burnout at Work

    11. When It’s Time to Change Jobs


    References/Further Reading

    About the Author


    Dr. Helen Ofosu is an Organizational Psychologist who offers Coaching, HR Consulting and Training/Public Speaking through I/O Advisory Services Inc., Canada. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

    "Dr. Ofosu integrates knowledge from years of study, professional thriving and lived experience into her work. The relevance of her book cannot be timelier. She brings heart, brains, and guts to her book and makes me proud of my profession." 

    Dr. Tatijana Busic, Ph.D., C.Psych, Clinical and Organizational Psychologist

    "This is the book we’ve been waiting for! Dr. Ofosu has a deeper understanding and wider breadth than most of her peers. She unfurls sensitive and complex issues, integrating them into a digestible and progressive manner to guide employers and employees."

    Esther Schvan, M.A., Career Development and Transition Coach

    "As a former executive, I see tremendous value in this book if/when employees hit rough patches at work. This will also be a great toolkit for leaders and HR professionals who aspire to be more modern and inclusive."

    Tina Walter, M.A., Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant

    "This is a valuable resource for employees working in organizations where problematic and traumatizing behaviours are rampant. Clinicians who help clients cope with these situations and their fallout will also appreciate this book."

    Kafui Sawyer, Registered Psychotherapist, Trauma Consultant, Founder and Executive Director of Joy Health and Research Centre.

    "Dr. Ofosu explores important yet overlooked career issues and addresses ‘the elephant in the boardroom’ highlighting the challenges that racialized communities face in their careers. She provides thoughtful and practical information to help people avoid or bounce back from career-related adversity."

    Dr. Janet Mantler, Associate Professor, Organizational Psychology, Carleton University, USA