Work isn’t meant to make you happy all the time

“Work isn’t meant to make you happy all the time.”

This was one takeaway from a conversation I had with Scott Anthony Barlow, CEO and Founder of Happen to Your Career, who I met earlier this year.

Instead of seeking relentless happiness in your career, he advises that finding a good fit is more realistic. Figuring out that fit involves several components.

First you need to be clear on your strengths – not only are these the things that you’re good at, but they also need to be strengths which you enjoy using within work, and which have some kind of value to other people.

Once you have those established, you can focus on identifying what sort of things are really important to you in a job. These are sometimes referred to as ‘career must-haves’: typically two-three things which you feel so strongly about that their absence could deter you from certain employers, types of work or even specific jobs. These factors may include your working environment, a level of flexibility, or the need for intellectual challenge.

The final piece is aligning your career must-haves with the strengths you identified. All this information can feed into your job search strategy; ultimately helping you to find a good fit that’s right for you.

You can click to learn more about the Happen to Your Career podcast, or read up about their Figure Out What You Want course.

This piece was written by Roz, Founder of More From My Career. If you’d like help working out your strengths and career must-haves, career coaching could be a great option. You can book a free of charge, 30 minute no obligation enquiry call with me to learn more about coaching – visit the Contact page to enter your details, or read up about my coaching services here.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.