You Deserve the Career of Your Choice
Posted on May 26, 2010 by Lee Weisser, One of Thousands of Career Coaches on Noomii.
Have you settled for just a job? Discover what really motivates you so you can land the career of your choice.
Have you ever felt as if you should settle – for a job, for a relationship, for a lifestyle? I know I have. Most of us feel pressure at one time or another, from ourselves or from well‐meaning family and friends, to just find something and stick with it. End of story. No need for others to worry about us.
When you settle for a job or career that is less than what you want, you give up the opportunity to be your best self at work. What is your best self? It’s you giving 100% commitment and getting 100% fulfillment.
Of course, there are all kinds of great excuses to accept a ‘less than best’ job (“This will look good on my resume”, or “I’ll just do it for a year”), but you will go to work every day with a heavy heart. That’s not good for your physical or mental health. In fact, it’s a recipe for stress and burnout.
Maybe you are settling to stay in a job environment that is no longer supportive, or doing tasks that you have outgrown. It may seem more reasonable to stay than to risk trying something new. But what if you are feeling really frustrated and unhappy? Or what if that job is literally making you sick? A change may be just what the doctor ordered.
There are steps you can take to find a job or career that will make you feel good. You need to identify your values, your strengths and your motivations. And then you need to stand up for what’s important to you.
Here’s how: list three “must haves” for your next job. To identify the three “must haves”, ask yourself some questions:
• Do you hold an important value that cannot be compromised?
• What skills or strengths must you absolutely use in your next job?
• Is there a social, physical or other need that must be satisfied for you to want to go into work every day?
• Will the job allow you to demonstrate competence in your highest skill?
• Will the work environment be comfortable for you?
Based on your values and strengths and motivations, make a list of three non‐negotiable criteria by which you will measure each job opportunity. It’s important to make this list based on what you really want, not on the latest statistics of where the jobs are or how much money you can make.
It’s not about finding the best job, but about finding the job that’s best for you.
Those three fundamental things are what you need to be happy in your work at this stage of your life. Does this narrow the field? Definitely. But it forces you to focus on what’s important to you. And without focus, there can be no success. So get busy and make that list. You deserve it.
Lee Weisser, MEd, ACC is a Career/Transition Coach and Communications Consultant. For more information, visit her website at http://www.acoachforallseasons.com