Time to Review your Job Satisfaction and Career Direction Dec 2018

As the year draws to a close, many of you will be looking forward to having a much needed break from work.  If you love your job then this is a time to recharge your batteries before you embark on your new set of goals for the year ahead.  However for many people, work is ot something that gives them much satisfaction and is simply a means to earn money to do the things they would prefer doing.

Perhaps you have thought about leaving your job and doing something different?  Now is the time to think carefully about your options.  Don't let another year pass being unhappy and dissatisfied.  We spend a lot of time at work so it makes sense to try to find something that we enjoy and makes us feel valued.  Ask yourself "what would I really love to be doing and what skills do I want to use"?  

Think about what you have achieved in your work this year - the skills you have acquired and what you have learned.  Write these down on paper so you can absorb them.  Too often we overlook our achievements or take them for granted.  Are there opportunities in your workplace for you to do a different role or do you feel ready to explore a new area of employment:  Consider how your skills and knowledge may transfer to a different role or enable you to pursue a new career.

If you have been feeling overwhelmed with the stress of work, think about how you can reduce this in the new year.  Plan to have a conversation with your supervisor about the expectations of your role and how your duties may be restructured.  Do you need more support?  Are there skills you would like to learn which would make your job easier and more rewarding?  Do lyou need to spend more time in self care and balancing work with more exercise and making time for family/friends?

This end of year reflection will assist you to decide if you are better to remain in your current job and build on your experience, or if you are ready for a change and take on a new challenge in 2019.




© Dawn Vincent