At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic I thought my career coaching service would be driven by redundancies. But that has not been the case, so far at least. Instead, I’ve been busier than ever helping clients who decided they no longer wanted to settle for less than they deserve. Instead, they want to feel fulfilled in their work, to have a sense of purpose, and many want to make a positive difference in the world.
But how do you go about this if you’re not clear about what you want? Or what to look for?
The answer lies in knowing your core drivers and values. These are what motivate and fulfil you. They are the reasons why you get out of bed every morning. They are the things that keep the momentum going.
I’ve worked with hundreds of leaders, executives and their management teams over the past three decades and there are common themes that crop up time and again. I thought I would distil some of this down into a helpful exercise to get you thinking about your own career journey and what you want from your professional life, so grab yourself and pen and paper and…
Let’s get started:
- Ask yourself this question ‘What’s important to me in my work’? ‘What do I want in my work’? Examples: working as part of a team, or autonomy to make decisions, or to be in a creative culture, or progression.
- Keep asking the question above without changing any of the words, until your list is complete.
- Try not to edit your list retrospectively by adding something you didn’t think of but now you have thought of it think it should be added.
- Congratulations. You have just established what your core career values and drivers are.
- Now prioritise your list. Score each value 1-10, 10 being the most important.
- Next review your prioritised list of career values and drivers against your current career experience and role.
- Mark which are being nurtured and met, and which are not and are missing in your current working environment.
- This should give you greater clarity about what is missing from your career life, and what you need to find in your current or new role.
For a more in-depth discussion about your next career step and how to find a new role that fulfils you book a free 45-minute Discovery call with me and find out how I can help you.