Take this time to analyze your preferences for a new job or career.
Knowing exactly what you value and are interested in will assist you to better target the right jobs in your work search and will, ultimately, help you avoid unnecessary stress in the future. The goal is to get a solid idea of the things that you either must have or cannot accept in a job and work environment.
Values are your beliefs about what is important or desirable. When your values line up with how you live and work, you tend to feel more satisfied and confident. Living or working in ways that contradict your values can lead to dissatisfaction, confusion, and discouragement. So, there is good reason to clarify your values, and seek to match your work to them.
Think about the following questions:
- What is important to you in terms of company culture and the people who work with you?
- Are you trying to use the skills, education, and experience you already have or do you want to start over in a completely new field?
- How much money do you need to make to support yourself and your family?
- What expectations do you have for promotions and career advancement?
- What expectations do you have for work-life balance?
- Do you want to work exclusively Mondays through Fridays or would you be willing to work weekends and holidays?
Once you’ve determined your values, see if they line up with your interests. In other words, do the types of jobs you’re interested in align with the expectations you have for your day to day job routine? Should you keep going in the same direction or is a change in course in order? Only you can answer these questions!