I spend a lot of time talking to people who are just entering the workforce or who are looking for another opportunity. No matter what stage they are at in their career, the ultimate goal is to find a job they love, or at least like a lot! We all need to work, and this is where we spend most of our time each day. Certainly, we want to enjoy where we work, the actual work we are doing and who we work with day in and day out. Below are a few tips to keep in mind in finding work that makes you happy.
Purpose: Do you know what you are working towards? Find a job that gives you a feeling a purpose and satisfaction.
Passion: Are you exciting about the work you do? Find specific aspects about your job or the job you want that drive and excite you.
Value: You want to accomplish and to do something important. Doing great work is valued and recognized.
Flexibility: Everyone wants some sort of flexibility in their job. This may be your actual schedule, work location, type of work, autonomy, etc. Ask for what is important to you.
Opportunity: Are you given the chance to be successful, train/learn and grow? There is trust that people will step into challenging roles as the organization needs them to. Promotions occur from within.
Below are some added benefits of doing what you love….
• You will be motivated in all aspects of your life
• You will have good/improved health, less stress and more energy
• You will have positive relationships
• You will have gained/increased confidence
• You will want and continue to learn and grow
• You will enjoy life more
As Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”