Some of us are lucky enough to have a career we love while others are still struggling to find their true passion. Whether you love, hate or are indifferent about your job however, there are some basic needs that everybody needs fulfilled in order to be truly happy in their career.
If you’re not sure if you’re heading down the right career path, ask yourself the questions below as they can provide a valuable insight into whether or not the job you have chosen is right for you.
Do you like what you do?
It might sound obvious but do you actually like what you do? Are you good at it? Does it drive you to get out of bed in the morning and do you look forward to turning up to work? If you’re passionate about your job, generally enjoy being there and look forward to what the future brings then chances are that you have found a great match. However, if the thought of going to work fills you with dread and you dream of escaping, it’s more than likely time to re-assess your career choices.
Do you respect your manager?
Working for people that you respect, trust and find inspiring is vital because ultimately, if you don’t feel this for your manager, you’re not going to feel it for the company either.
Are you continuously learning?
People become bored in their job when they stop learning and are never faced with any challenges. If you have been doing the exact same thing day in and day out for as long as you can remember despite asking for new responsibilities, you have probably outgrown the job. A role that presents you with the opportunity to continuously add to your skillset is not only going to have long-term benefits, but is also far more likely to keep you focused and motivated.
Do you fit in with the company culture?
Even people who absolutely love their job have days or weeks where they struggle. It’s highly unlikely that anybody is going to jump out of bed excited to get to the office 100% of the time but even during the busy and stressful times, company culture plays a huge part in job satisfaction. Being recognised for a job well done, getting additional time off to make up for the extra hours you put in during busy times, a relaxed environment and great colleagues can all make a job so much more enjoyable.
Do you feel valued?
In order to be truly happy in a career, most of us need more than just a pay check at the end of every month. Receiving acknowledgement, feeling valued and being listened to is a very important part of being happy in a job.
What makes you happy in your job and is there anything in particular you class as an absolute requirement in order for you to accept a job offer? Let us know your thoughts below.