Deborah Brown-Volkmar is president of SurpassYourDreams.com, where her mission is to help you be happy and healthy in your career because when you feel good, and have focus and direction, you are able to live your dreams and fulfill your purpose in life.
We recently talked to Deborah about how to figure out what you want in your career and how to pick the job that’s right for you. Here’s what she had to say:
What’s your philosophy on building a fulfilling career?
Do what you love and the money comes later. Yes, you have bills to pay, but being in the wrong career costs you more.
How can individuals be more purposeful and intentional when focusing on their careers?
Listen to yourself. Your gut does not lie. Be yourself, take chances, have a good plan in place and work hard. Results come to those who put in the work.
What are the most common mistakes you see individuals making when trying to build a fulfilling career? What are the biggest career killers?
All goals are reached in the mind first. When you can see it, you can do it. The biggest mistakes are not having focus or a plan and not being consistent in your efforts to find or build a career you love.
What advice can you offer on launching a job search? Where should individuals start?
Start by asking yourself what you want. Once you can see that, you can achieve it as long as you break your bigger picture into small achievable pieces.
What role should tools like Paysa play in helping people manage their job searches and careers?
Great resources and a desire to help you succeed. Goals are not meant to be reached alone. Let others help you.
What should job seekers look for in their next position to create a more fulfilling career? What are the universal qualities of a great job?
Look for something that will make you happy, and where you can make a difference. The happiest people in their career are those who are helping people.
A great job should utilize your strengths and appreciate your efforts. It should be a place where you feel good about yourself and where people are willing to listen to your ideas and contributions.
What career-related trends, headlines or innovations are you following right now?
I’m most interested in jobs that allow you to cross-train and learn others skills. The ability to work at your own pace and hours. And, time dedicated to enhancing your global capabilities and volunteer endeavors.