Job satisfaction doesn’t just come from employing your skills well, you need to be applying your most enjoyable skills most of the time. Here’s how to identify them:
- List the jobs or roles you liked the most over your entire work career;
- Now list what you liked about each role;
- Now list why you liked the role and/or what was the accomplishment that you enjoyed?
For example: my favorite role was as an International Operations Director. I was responsible for all non US IT Operations personnel.
- What I liked the most: Travel, learning new cultures, team building and interactions with the people.
- Why: I realized I enjoyed the coaching and mentoring, which is what was needed most in that particular role.
- The accomplishment: I helped create a stronger, better operating team with greater communications and camaraderie throughout the IT organization.
That’s how I ended up leaving IT and moving into a Coaching career. What I enjoyed most was working with people and helping them, not necessarily the IT side of bits and bytes.
What does this tell you?
Just because you’re not happy with what you’re doing where you are now doesn’t mean you ditch your current career; it does mean you need to figure out why and, maybe, do it differently. For example, you’re an attorney working for a large firm and realize you haven’t been happy with what you’re doing for a while. Maybe it’s where you’re working or you’re feeling lost in the crowd (not able to stand out) or the type of work is uninteresting or unfulfilling. But if you could be a corporate legal council for a small business that produces something you’re interested in, that may make all the difference in the world.
So think about it. What would keep you engaged and passionate?
If it’s the right career – wrong organization: What changes do you need to make to feel engaged within your job again? Should you stay where you are or are the changes needed so great that you have to leave?
If it’s the wrong career: What skills do you have that are transferable to another occupation? Do you need to go back to school? How about certifications? Can you move to another position within the current organization?
Lot’s of questions that only you can answer. You may need help putting it all together or clearly identifying your strengths, likes, and dislikes. A Career Coach can be that help, but the answers still come from you!
Change is scary, but being unhappy at work is way worse!
Making a decision one way or another about your career will take a weight off your shoulders you may not even realize you have. Once you accept your decision and create a clear path forward you’ll be happier, more engaged, and ultimately more successful.
Check out our videos and workshops to see if we have anything to help you move forward into a role meant for you.