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Friday, 09 September 2016

Career Advice: Six steps to finding fulfilment at work

Written by Simon North

We all love the idea of having a fulfilling career in theory, yet not enough of us pursue what they really want to do. Despite this, it is actually possible to find a fulfilling career, if we’d only try. Like many things, there is no magic wand that will make your dream job fall into your lap. Finding this type of work involves hard work and commitment, but if you follow the tips below, such a career is entirely within your reach.

1. Find Purpose

You can actually make your current role more fulfilling by understanding your employer’s purpose. You need to find that link in order to understand and appreciate the purpose of your own work for the organisation and to align yourself to what it is you come into work every day to do.

2. Get to Know Your Colleagues

You want to be part of tribes of people who understand you and value the skills you have. Find somebody in the workplace you can talk to, share challenges with and grow with.

3. Understand What Stirs You

What is it that causes either a positive or negative reaction in you? That makes you want to take action? Anything that you feel strongly about is worth examining to see if you can look for a fulfilling role that’s related to the topic in some way. After all, we’re more fulfilled by our work if we have strong feelings about it and are not just doing it because it’s a job.

4. Look for a Job You Can Do Well

Fulfilling careers are more likely if you find your work easy. That is not to say that your job shouldn’t be challenging – it’s about you bringing a level of confidence to what you do. When your work is easy you get into a groove and a rhythm.

5. Improve Your Skillset

Whether you stay in your current job or find yourself a new role, commit yourself to continuous learning at work in order to get a sense of fulfilment out of what you do. We are programmed to want to be better tomorrow than we were today. We want to know someone we work with a little better. We want be able to use our technology so we can be more efficient. If we’re not learning, it’s hard to be fulfilled. See if your employer can help you find learning opportunities – for example, you might be able to access their online training programme and do a few courses or modules that way.

6. Consider The Future

At any stage in your career, it is possible you’re going to come to the end of a job and move on to a new challenge with a new employer. When you recognise you can have a clear ending, it makes it so much easier to set out again on a new beginning that brings you fulfilment in your career for the future. Don’t wait around and expect that this is going to happen to you all the time, because it doesn’t. If you’re lucky it might happen some of the time but you usually have to manage that sort of transition.

About the Author:

Simon North is the Founder of Position Ignition and the Career Ignition Club. Position Ignition is one of the UK’s leading career development and career planning companies. The Career Ignition Club offers a range of career support tools, advice and e-learning materials for its members. Follow Simon North and his team on twitter @PosIgnition and get more advice from him on their Career Advice Blog.

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