How to find a job you love:
- Remind yourself of your skills and experience
- Define what success looks like for you
- Accept the challenge
- Be inspired
- Consider softer benefits
Whether you are just starting out or you are reconsidering the career path you are currently on, making confident career choices is never easy. Our decisions are shaped by many different factors and we deal with a lot of career dilemmas. Should we pursue money over finding meaning? Is it better to be constantly challenged and kept on our toes or work in a field that we know inside out? What compromises are we willing to make for job security? And when is it time to throw caution to the wind and follow our passion?
To find a job you really love take some time to explore what you seek from your work life and analyse what you like and don’t like about your current (and past) jobs.
The following five tips will help guide your assessment:
1. Reflect on skills and experience.
To find a job you really love, you need to be honest with yourself and reflect on your unique strengths, personality traits, skills, talents, values and past experiences. This is not the time for modesty or arrogance if you are struggling to be objective and you need some perspective reach out to others and get feedback from friends and colleagues.
2. Define success.
Don’t be led by what you think other people or society at large define as success, but bravely identify what a successful career looks like to you. Think beyond status and income to find out what you want to get out of your dream job. When you know what your career goals are finding next steps to getting you there will be much easier.
3. Accept the challenge
Finding a job that engages you day-to-day means you need to be ambitious. Don’t limit yourself right from the start, but really consider what role would excite you to get out of bed and off to work every morning ready to take on the world. Then do your research and make sure you get to know as much about the role as you can. Identify skills you might currently be lacking and think about ways to gain the needed experience through classes, online training or volunteer work.
4. Be inspired
Passion and purpose are the best motivators in the long term. Look to other people to find inspiration, and build a network of industry professionals that will help to naturally fuel your career. Stay curious and find out more about roles that interest you, so you are aware of opportunities that are coming up.
5. Find your match
Don’t make pay your main priority when you evaluate a prospective employer. Think about softer benefits that a company might offer and consider the general work culture. To get a job you truly love you need to work for an organisation that matches your values. A supportive work environment will allow you to grow and build your career.
Finding a job you love is never an easy quest, but one that is worth pursuing. Pay, benefits and job security will always be important factors when considering new job offers, but as the results of the annual Employer Brand Report highlight, softer factors, such as good training support and availability of flexible working arrangements are starting to become more important to more people in the UK. Of course, we all know that not everyone finds their dream job straight away. But stay positive and follow the tips above to get you closer to building a career that matters to you.