Tapping in to what you love in a job
New Year is a great time to reflect on how things are going in your life and whether you wish to make any changes. For some, changing jobs may be something you’re keen to do this year, and it’s useful to connect with those things that make a job right for you so you can find a job you really enjoy.
A great place to start is considering what it is that is important to you in a job. Having structure or flexibility? Working with others or working alone? Working inside or out? Learning something new or using a skill that is already well developed? The possibilities are endless and there are many jobs which will meet these values.
It is also useful to consider jobs you’ve had in the past which you really enjoyed, and what it was about those jobs that you enjoyed so much – what it was that made those jobs so fulfilling.
You could then go on to consider the following questions, to really get in touch with what you love. What excites you? What do you really enjoy doing? What are you passionate about? What are you good at? What skills and abilities do you have? If you could do anything you wanted, what would it be?
Throughout this process, it is really useful to turn off the internal critic, the one who comes up with objections, and simply brainstorm. It is also useful to write down your answers, as it commits you to fully considering the possible answers to each question.
Going through this kind of process is useful as it generates lots of ideas to choose from and gets you to consider your strengths, your passions, and what is really important to you. We spend a great deal of time in our jobs so it is really worthwhile being in one we love in order to really enjoy our lives.