Career fulfillment seems to be a popular topic nowadays. Everyone is looking for that one opportunity that fits perfectly with their goals, skills, and personality. Here’s what I want you to keep in mind: this is a great objective to aim towards, because you deserve it.
Here’s what I want you to keep in mind: it is possible to love what you do and not dread going to work everyday. You can find an opportunity that resonates with you if you put enough effort into it.
But, the first step towards establishing your fulfilling career is defining what it is you want. If you don’t know, you’ll never be able to find an opportunity that will fully resonate with you.
To help you out, I’ve compiled my top 10 ways to establish a fulfilling career.
As you’re reading, think about what your ideal job would look like, how it would make you feel, and what you need to do to get there:
1. Do work that you are great at. A huge part of fulfillment is feeling like you’re living up to your full potential. This is why it’s so important to do work that you excel at. If you’re a marketer but feel that a career and finance would fulfill you, I recommend first thinking about how you can hone your finance-related skills so that you’re an expert at your new profession.
2. Do work you are passionate about. If you’re an environmentalist working at an oil & gas company, no amount of change to your role or function will fulfill you. Think critically about the work you genuinely want to do and why to help you discover you passions.
3. Do work that makes a difference. Ultimately, if you feel that you’re not creating an impact, you’ll start stagnating. You’ll feel unenthusiastic and unmotivated because you’ll star thinking that the work you do doesn’t matter. I recommend asking yourself: what difference do you want to make in this world? How can you leverage the skills you currently have to do this?
4. Do work that you find meaningful. The work that you do has to resonate with you on a meaningful level in order for you to feel fulfilled. Finding meaningful work is all about combining your passions with the difference that you want to establish your vision for your ideal future.
5. Do work that calls you. Take a moment to think about who you are when you were a kid. What did you like to do? What did you want to be? Sometimes, this can reveal a lot about what type of activities call you and resonate with your personality.
6. Do work that inspires you. A fulfilling career opportunity is one that constantly motivates you to achieve success, go beyond expectations, and do exceptional work. This has a lot to do with the role’s responsibilities, but also with the team you’re collaborating with. Translation: before you accept a new opportunity, do everything you can to get a good sense of who you’ll be working with and if you’re able to mesh with the team.
7. Do work you are well paid to do. It’s very important that you keep compensation in mind as you set out to establish your fulfilling career. If you’re being underpaid for the work you do, you’ll feel taken advantage of and it will be that much harder for you to enjoy your role. Not sure what you should be earning? Check out Glassdoor.com to find salary ranges for professionals like you.
8. Do work that challenges you. Without constant challenges and change, you run the risk of growing bored and unfulfilled. Worse, you may begin to stagnate and lose motivation. If you feel like this might happen to you, consider entering a fast-paced industry like technology or telecommunications.
9. Do work that helps you learn and grow. The more you’re able to develop yourself personally, the easier it will be for you to feel fulfilled. If professional development is high on your list of priorities, you may consider targeting an organization that’s known for the investment it puts on employee training and growth.
10. Do work that honours your values. This is all about finding an opportunity, team, and company culture that drives you to achieve excellence. The more effort you put into finding a role that fits with your key values and personality, the easier it will be for you to thrive.
What does your fulfilling career look like? Tell me about it in the comments section!