Being content in your career or work is essential for your overall happiness in your life. The large amounts of time we spend working make it essential to search for a job that is rewarding and fulfilling.
But how do you know if what you’re doing is still bringing you happiness? What happens when down the road you figure out that what you’re doing is not really your calling?
For many people this is a huge unknown and whether you love what you’re doing or not, it’s always important to evaluate where you are in your career or work to make sure that what you’re doing lines up with what you want out of life.
The following three questions will help you perform this self-evaluation and will allow you to understand how happy you are doing what you are doing.
What are your passions?
Whether you’re a college student or a well experienced professional you’ll need to make a mental list of all the things that bring you the most joy. Is your job still in that list? If it is then you are still on the right track.
We all evolve through time and our passions change so if you’re not feeling fulfilled, it might be time to start doing a deeper evaluation and possibly looking at other options and maybe a career move. And if you feel worried about this, you are not alone, plenty of people experience these feelings after a few years.
Is your current career or job challenging you?
A great deal of the motivation we acquire through our work is gained through the sense of achievement that it brings to us. Our jobs will either challenge us and stimulate our motivation or discourage us and lower our desire to perform the work. This is why it’s very important to always strive for growth even when you feel you’ve reached the ceiling.
If you don’t feel challenged enough then think about different projects within your work that you could start and ask your supervisor about it. Typically, a good supervisor will nourish your desire to accomplish more. If your passion lies outside of your line of work then seek this project elsewhere. Take some new courses if possible and keep learning.
What changes would make work more fulfilling?
If you lack that passion towards you’re career and you feel that you are not being challenged enough, think of the things that might help in those areas. Sometimes it’s not all lost and a full career change is not needed but you do need to make some adjustments. Would a raise in pay make you feel more motivated? Would a change of position within your company or organization provide you that motivational boost? Or do you dream completely of doing something else?
Depending on the answers to the last question you will have a good idea of where you are at in terms of your happiness with your calling or career. Most of the time you don’t need to make a huge change like switching professions. Sometimes it’s just a matter of asking for that raise, or for a change of position.
Regardless of the situation you are in it’s always important to evaluate how happy you are with your current career or job. In many cases they go hand in hand and when you are not happy at work, you are not happy in life because of the amounts of time we dedicate to our jobs.
What to do if you’re not completely happy
If you’re not completely happy with your work but feel like you need to continue there because of the stability and comfort it brings, then find out what you can do on your spare time as projects or side gigs to help you fill that void affecting you. Start some classes, begging a side business, or simply join an organization that lines up with your passions and start there.
Remember, you spend most of your time working, might as well like what you do. So, take some time to evaluate your current career or work situation and identify how it’s affecting your overall happiness in life. Sometimes understanding where you are in your career or work will help you understand where you are in life.
What other questions could you ask to evaluate your current career or job situation?