What would it take to make every working day a great one? More money? Smaller workload? Nicer colleagues? The answer lies within. There are many career routes available nowadays; it’s up to you to find one in which you flourish.
Money can’t buy happiness, and neither can a high-powered job title. Reframe what you consider ‘success’ to be at work – enjoyment, work/life balance, growth – and you’ll open up a whole new world of opportunities.
Think about a time you really flourished at work. What was happening? How does that reflect what’s important to you? Write down the three things that drive you most (autonomy, stability, creativity, challenge…) and use this list to guide you.
Recognize who’s in the driving seat. Managers and mentors can help along the way but it’s up to you to decide what you want and take action. “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy” – so commit to making a change and hold yourself accountable
Think of your career path like a stream of water: seek out all possible routes. If one gets blocked then there are plenty of others to explore. Use your network, say ‘yes’ as much as possible, spot opportunities to open up a new path
Don’t wait for the perfect moment; jump in and experiment straightaway. Mistakes are a key part of the journey so instead of holding back for fear of rejection or embarrassment, test the waters and learn from whatever happens.