A Step By Step Guide To Finding A Meaningful Career

Finding a meaningful career is something many people who are currently unsatisfied with their careers would like to do. For some, a career isn’t the ‘be all and end all’. They are happy finding meaning in other areas of their life – many others aren’t able to do that.

As we spend so much time at work and it takes up such huge bandwidth in our lives, finding a meaningful career can be one of the best ways to ensure a happy, positive life.

Below, we have steps you can take to begin finding a meaningful career. Take a look and see what you can do:

Step 1: Assess Your Current And Past Jobs Carefully

Start by assessing the current role you’re in, as well as past jobs. What did you like? What didn’t you like? What sort of feedback did you get? This can give you a good idea of the sort of role and environment you should be working in now.

Remember, it’s not just about the role, but about the environment. You’ll need to consider your daily duties, the pay, where you’ll work, who you’ll work with, and so on. All of these things can impact your job satisfaction.

Step 2: Gather Feedback

Start gathering feedback from people who know you well, who you trust to give you honest feedback. Ask them what your strengths and weaknesses are, and make a list. Try not to take things personally.

This list will not only help you to figure out where you shine but help you to figure out what to work on if you want to land a new role.


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Step 3: Consider Future Training

Are you willing to consider future training? If you really want a new career and you’re sure you would like it, then it could be worth going for an advanced degree to see if that will give you a leg up. You may not need to go for any more training at all, but oftentimes, a completely new job role will require new skills, qualifications, and training.

Step 4: Think About Your Ideal Lifestyle

It’s important to consider the kind of lifestyle you will have before going ahead and applying for a new job role.

  • You might love the job, but what about the hours you are expected to work?
  • Will you be expected to work at home?
  • How much time off will you have?
  • How flexible is it?
  • How much will you be paid?
  • Can you see yourself enjoying this kind of lifestyle in the long run?

For instance, becoming a medical professional is an extremely honorable career that can be very satisfying, but it also comes with a difficult lifestyle where you may rarely get time off.

Step 5: Write Down Moments You Felt In Your Element

Think back to the moments you felt ‘in your element’. Those moments you felt like your best self are the ones you should be trying to emulate at work. What were you doing and who with?

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