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I really love today’s lesson, and I hope you get a lot out of it.
A lot of the time when someone thinks about career happiness, or a dream job, or their next move, they think first about the role itself.
And I get that to a certain degree. The role is a big part of the job. It’s the thing you have to do every day. And it’s the thing that you’ll have to prove you can do if you’re interviewing for the job.
But there’s a lot more to career happiness than the role itself. And if you want to start understanding what’s important to you, a good exercise is exploring ALL the boxes your next career move needs to tick before you make a decision.
I liken this to searching for a place to live.
Let’s say you’re going to buy a house. When you’re looking to buy a house you have a long list of boxes you need ticked. The house itself is important. How many bedrooms does the house have? How much square footage? How big is the kitchen? Does it have a garage?
But as you know, when you’re looking for a house, the requirements go WAY beyond the house itself. In fact, you’d be willing to trade bedrooms, or a garage or square footage for some of the other things on the list.
Things like … where is this house? What’s the commute to work? What’s the commute to school? How much light is there? How much does it cost? Is there a space for the kids or the dogs to play? What neighbourhood? What school district? How close to family and friends? How does it align with your lifestyle? And on and on.
Would you trade a bedroom for a school district? Would you trade a garage for a trendy neighbourhood?
It all depends on what’s right for you, and the people who count on you.
And it’s the same for your career.
There are 8 cornerstone categories for your career. THE ROLE, THE PEOPLE, THE LOCATION, THE ENVIRONMENT, THE LIFESTYLE, THE ALIGNMENT, THE CULTURE AND THE PAY.
Each of these cornerstones represents an important element of what drives job satisfaction and happiness.
Your ultimate job is to find the balance that suits you best. There is always going to be compromise. You know there’s always going to be pros and cons. So the first step is articulating what you ideally want in each of these categories.
We’ll worry about the balance later this week.
Today’s worksheet is going to walk you through the definition of each category and then give you some thought-starters, so you can begin to list the things that are important to you in each cornerstone category.
So as an example, when you’re thinking about THE PEOPLE CORNERSTONE, you’ll be considering things like the relationship with your boss, your peers, your reports, your support community, people (or the kind of people) you want to stop hanging out with. People (or the kind of people) you want to start being influenced by.
You’re task is just describing what’s important to you in that specific cornerstone.
Now if you get stuck, here’s a little trick. Sometimes it’s easier to think about what we DON’T want. So if that works better to get the ideas flowing, then start there. Or just go there when you’re stuck. Sometimes avoiding pain, can generate some good ideas.
And then once you’re done, come back and share any aha’s or new insights that came out of this exercise.
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That’s it for Day 4, and I’ll see you tomorrow.
1) Use the worksheet to decide what boxes your career needs to tick
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