by sysop in Career Pathways
by Kristina Burroughs
Before searching for significant and fulfilling work, it is important to identify what you’re looking for. Recruiters say it all the time: “we can’t help you unless we know where you are headed.” Perhaps even more important than this saying is having a healthy self-awareness of who you are by identifying your natural abilities, inner motivations, skill sets, and personality – and understanding how to capitalize on your strengths and natural abilities. For most people, this can take a lifetime of experiences. For those who have a general idea of the types of things they most enjoy, fulfilling work can be a little easier to find with a personal roadmap to help you make the best choices for you.
While some might argue that work is not supposed to be fulfilling but simply necessary to live, we help you reach for more rewarding career choices. For those individuals who want to add value to their organizations and enjoy going to work, looking forward to your work is a vital ingredient for productivity, personal fulfillment, and quality of life.
In assessing where you are in your journey towards fulfillment, here are a few things to consider:
- Be honest with your motivations. What are you naturally motivated to do? What internally drives you to get up in the morning and contribute to society?
- Think about what you’re naturally gifted to do. Ask yourself: What have you voluntarily accomplished without much effort? What skills did you use that made you feel good about contributing? For example, do you find that you are naturally persuasive and have sales ability even though you’re not on the sales team? How can the natural things you are inclined to do be used in your current position? What types of vocations utilize interpersonal skills and a desire to influence others in the day-to-day operations of the job?
- Take an internal audit – and reflect. Think about the jobs or roles you played in your working life that you truly enjoyed. Reflect on what those had in common. That could be a key to understanding your natural ability and what you’re wired to do. The best life coaches will tell you that “if you love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.”
- Finding your path. Personality is something we are all born with and have limited ability to change. Behaviors can be trained and modified, but for the most part, don’t change. Job tasks and responsibilities can be learned but we’ve all experienced working in a role that was not the right fit. This outcome hampers creativity, motivation, and productivity when people are not positioned in their right roles in an organization. More often than not, you may be at a great organization but not playing your highest leveraged role.
As you consider vocational fulfillment, an honest, personal assessment of these key areas will help you add the most value to your place of employment – and leave you feeling more fulfilled in your work.