Not in Love With Your Job? Here's What to Do
If you’re not in love with your current job, chances are, you’re not alone. In a report released by social research firm McCrindle, the average employment tenure for the hotly discussed “Gen Y professional” in a company is about 3.3 years, which equates to somewhere around 17 jobs in an average career-span. And in an age where job mobility and satisfaction are at the forefront of most young professional’s minds, these aren’t surprising statistics. But before you hand in your resignation letter, and jump ship to a similar role at a different company, it could be worth taking a moment to audit your situation and assess whether you’re pursuing the right paths in the first place and if it wouldn’t be more beneficial to find a career you truly love.
The age-old saying of the grass not always being greener on the other side (unfortunately) is mostly true, with most companies doing their best to incentivise staff and create company-longevity. But if you’re finding yourself burned out, it could be you’re just in the wrong field.
Keep scrolling to see tips from the experts for the first steps you should take in finding the perfect career that you will actually love.
Begin With Mind-Mapping Your Core Values
According to career coach Jennifer Davis, to find satisfaction in your workplace, there should be some elements of your role that match your core values. “Figuring out what is really, really important to you tells you a lot about the type of work that will fulfill you.” To find out what these are, ponder on a few times you were really proud of the work you produced and why it was so rewarding.
In those answers, you will most likely find some of your core values hidden in-between the lines. In her coaching lessons, Davis uses similar methods: “I do exercises with clients where I have them visualize a professional moment or project when they felt especially empowered and then talk about what values they were honouring in that moment, as well as what unique gifts and strengths they were bringing to the project, the company, and the world.”
Pen a Mission Statement
Author of The Undefeated Mind, Alex Lickerman believes a mission statement is really important to finding a career you will love and in growing resilience. In his article for Psychology Today, he explains it’s importance: “[a misson statement] serves as the reason we engage in various meaning-making strategies we employ throughout our lives (like practicing medicine, writing books, driving taxis, teaching, and so on). So, for example, we might choose a career in education because we’ve made it our mission to inspire children to reach their potential.” If you’re not currently loving your position, it’s most likely because it doesn’t fit with what you value, or see your purpose to be.
By taking a quiet moment to put pen to paper and nut out a sentence or two about what you want your purpose to be, this will also help you navigate the sometimes unsettling task of career pivoting.
Ask for Genuine Feedback
Sometimes, our views of what we are good at, and what we like to do can be a little skewed. In an age of social media, the corporate life can seem enticing, or that of a Byron Bay entrepreneur can “feel right”, but if you lack the skills to cope under pressure or don’t have the mettle to deal with the ebbs and flows that come with running your own business, you could be heading down the wrong path.
By taking a quick moment to ask your friends what they think you’re naturally good at, and when they see you at your happiest, it could be a great indicator of the types of activities your new career path should incorporate.
How Will You Measure Your Life? How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen ($25)