Founder of Virtus Career Consulting, speaker and author of the career empowerment book
Do you love your job? For most, the answer is, “No.”
A recent Harris poll found a staggering 86% of workers in their twenties said they wanted to change careers, followed by 66% of those in their thirties, and 60% in their forties. Despite most workers having career plans in earlier years, 73% said they did not land in the career they expected.
Last year, I met Anna—an intelligent, highly competent accounting professional. Anna contacted me because she was feeling completely stuck. She was a manager in an accounting department and had worked for her company for more years than she cared to admit. She was recently divorced and didn’t have the energy to conduct a job search, but she was tired of dealing with all the “stuff” that accompanied her job.
Anna told me in our first phone call that she was overworked and her boss was about to give her even more responsibility. She also didn’t like her schedule or working for her boss. She said they just didn’t mesh in how they managed. The problem, she told me, was that she wasn’t sure what else she could do and couldn’t easily and clearly put her finger on exactly what bothered her and what to avoid in the future.
Every person has different reasons why they are unfulfilled in her career. Yet, that dissatisfaction always boils down to one or more of the four pillars of career satisfaction.
To feel fulfilled, your work must align to your strengths, your values (what’s most important to you), your motivating skills (skills you enjoy and are good at) and your interests.
After Anna discovered her pillars of career satisfaction, it was clear she was not in the wrong profession; she was in the wrong environment.
Before scrapping your career to pivot in a new direction, you might find, as Anna did, that your greatest drivers of career dissatisfaction are not at the role level—they are at the manager or company level.
Or, you might find your career simply doesn’t fit.
I’m happy to report Anna found a better job. She wrote me an email saying, “Lots of values alignment at the new company. Thank you for helping me figure out what wasn’t working where I was and what I value!”
If you’re unhappy in your career, take time to reflect on your strengths, values, skills you enjoy, and your interests to discover the source of your dissatisfaction.
Kristin Sherry is the author of YouMap: Find Yourself. Blaze Your Path. Show the World! YouMap is a step-by-step guide to discover your four pillars of career satisfaction, determine your next best career move, and confidently explain your value in your networking conversations, cover letters, resume, LinkedIn profile, and job interviews.
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YouMap: Find Yourself. Blaze Your Path. Show the World! released as an Amazon category best-seller. It equips job seekers, career changers, students and professionals to discover four pillars of career satisfaction, achieve career clarity and communicate their value to employers or clients. It offers step-by-step guidance from career discovery through networking, search, resumes, LinkedIn profiles, interviews and more. YouMap is based on Kristin Sherry’s program which offers a YouMap® career profile outlining what you enjoy and do best that others need most. Two YouMap certification programs equip coaches to offer this comprehensive framework.
Further information about YouMap:
YouMap offers free downloads and fresh, cutting-edge advice to guide readers through:
- Discovering your strengths, values, skills, interestsand clarifying your value
- A client case study of self-discovery
- How to determine your next best career stepor transition careers
- How to targetopportunities
- How to write employer-focused coverletters
- How to write resumes/CVsemployers want to see (with contributions from expert resume writers)
- How to create an all-Star LinkedInprofile (with contributions from leading, well-known LinkedIn Profile writers)
- How to Wow Interviewers