What makes a satisfying career? What success means to you depends on what you value. At the end of the day, it is up to each person to decide what they need from their work and work place to achieve career satisfaction.
What we each will define as a good career move is a very personal thing. What’s important to us can also change over the span of our career and lifetime. The decisions we make reflect what matters most to us at that point of time in our lives.
Remember that the decisions you make about your career affect other areas of your life. The different dimensions of your life—family, home, relationships and hobbies—all fit together. If you make a change in one area, it’s sure to have some effect on the others.
It’s important to keep this in mind when making decisions about your career. Every time we say yes to something, we are saying no to something else. Make sure you can live with any of the trade-offs required by your choice and that what you are saying yes to makes any sacrifices you have to make worthwhile.
Think about your past work experiences. What did you like? What do you want to be different? What’s the right work environment for you? What do you prefer? Think about the future you want to create. What is important to you at this stage of your work and life?
Here are some examples of the features of work that people consider in matching their values, needs and preferences to career choices:
- Leadership style of your boss
- Organizational culture (i.e. not toxic!)
- Degree of autonomy in the role
- Work and life balance
- Ability to influence outcomes
- Dynamic or structured work environment
- Interaction with others to achieve results
- And the list can go on……….
At this stage of your life and career what requirements must be met for you to have career satisfaction? Reflect on your answers to this question considering what you know about your goals, skills and values. Where are there synergies or are there areas of tension in what you want and need?
Knowing your values and preferences is a way to define your own criteria for success. Let your own success criteria guide your choices and find the career path that’s right for you.
Do you want to explore your own personal career success criteria? Contact me directly at Jane.Zakreski@gmail.com for a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs.