Do you feel unhappy at work?
Let’s be frank for a moment- career dissatisfaction feels BLEURGH.
But there can be a positive side to it if you are willing to use it as a learning opportunity.
Dissatisfaction is a very important messenger. It feels unpleasant, but it also communicates to us that we are not living our full potential. Once we let in that message, we can use it to identify what we want from our career instead.
Like life, careers are winding, sometimes inexplicable, journeys that we can’t completely control. However we try our best, we cannot avoid getting hit by the odd curveball from time to time. So, if you are feeling downright fed-up as you read this blog, remember that your own version of that curveball isn’t personal.
Your potential though…that most definitely is personal. Your interests, values and talents are all part of who you are, what you have learnt and where you want to go. Your potential is the ‘already capable you’ AND the ‘you’ you have yet to become.
Sometimes we feel dissatisfied when we are not using our abilities to full capacity. If that resonates with you, you will need to establish where you thrive so you can employ your talents better.
Sometimes, however, dissatisfaction stems from undeveloped potential, and you might not yet know how to develop your career to experience the fulfilment you want.
So, what can be done about it?
Use emotional intelligence to identify your next steps
There are a number of ways you can get moving beyond mental gridlock.
Grab a pen and paper or open your preferred writing app and join me in the following activities to identify your next steps to a happy career.
1.) Categorise the nature of your dissatisfaction
Consider for a moment whether the root of your career dissatisfaction is due to not using your preferred skills/talents, or whether you have yet to identify satisfying work activities. Make a note of which of these categories apply to you- it could be both, or perhaps another reason altogether. Clarity around this will help you to recognise the kind of support you need to achieve career satisfaction.
2.) Identify your career preferences
Brainstorm how you would prefer your career to be instead of how it is now. For example, it could be that you don’t know what you want to do, but you want to experience a social workplace, or you want to feel engaged on a day to day basis.
Allow yourself 5 minutes where you can totally focus on this activity and write whatever comes to mind. Let go of any perfectionism that creeps in whilst you do this- you are not trying to define the minute details of your ideal career at this stage.
Once your ideas are exhausted, go back through the list and circle the ones which feel most important.
3.) Pinpoint your next steps
Consider the following questions in relation to each circled preference on your list:
- Where can I experience this now? Who can help me?
- Where can I introduce this now? Who can help me?
- Where can I develop this now? Who can help me?
- Where can I learn this now? Who can help me?
Note each positive solution you find and make sure you diarise related key action steps.
I hope this post has helped you identify some key next steps- even one can be enough to gain traction in the right direction. If you need support with any aspects of the activity, don’t hesitate to contact me at katie @ fireflycoaching.co.uk