Whether it’s satisfying, mundane, or seriously in need of a change, your professional life certainly intersects with your personal one. It shapes much more than the obvious finances, for how you start and end each shift or assignment also shapes your character. As 2017 draws to a close, it’s important to conduct an in-depth career review to determine what works, what needs improvement, and what may be clear signs to leave and start anew. Follow these steps to jump into the new year with a clear outline for what you need to be happy, fulfilled, and successful.
Reflect on the Good
Think back through the year to when you did things that were really great – met a deadline early, exhibited superior customer service, helped secure a terrific client. Scroll through your social media to see if you mentioned noteworthy accomplishments, or posted about it to family or friends. Don’t fret though, if you haven’t had any big moments, either because of the nature of your job or because of extenuating circumstances. Take all achievements into account as you compile this year in review, no matter how little, such as assisting a colleague, getting everything done within a reasonable time frame, or even just never being late.
Analyze Disappointments and Frustrations
This is where you take an in-depth look at how strong or how weak your level of job satisfaction is, and how it affects other aspects of your life. Were there times that you were less enthused about going to work, or focused more on counting down the hours until going home, rather than letting the time play itself out? Remain as comprehensive with this part of the analysis as you were with noting the positives, and include every instance that produced disappointment, stress, anxiety, or anger. Make note if these are minor nuisances (sharing work space with someone who has an irritating personality), or something more grievous (physically or psychologically uncomfortable environment), and what resolutions, if any, were applied.
Determine if You’re Just Going through the Motions
Here’s the middle ground that’s at the core of how you feel about your job, and if a different career is worth considering. Maybe there aren’t any issues at work, but there aren’t any “Yeah!” moments either. You’re in a routine that doesn’t do much more for you on a daily basis than earn money to pay bills. Sure, salary is often a strong factor when talking about improving job satisfaction, but it isn’t the only factor to consider. Yes, you need to meet your financial obligations, but you need to be challenged, excited, and engaged by your job for real professional fulfillment.
Compare Results to Expectations
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