How career profiling can improve your job satisfaction
Your profession should make you happy - at least most of the time.Your work should not be draining, but should instead energize you with a sense of satisfaction that you have accomplished something important, something useful and that you are in the “right place”. The happiest people among us are probably those who describe their calling when speaking of their profession. There is no question that you should work in an environment where you are happy, where you are rewarded with appreciation and recognition, and where you get along with your colleagues and superiors. The structure of your work should match your disposition. More chaotic environments are the wrong place for those who prefer structure and order; in strongly team-oriented endeavors, the person who tends to be a loner would probably be in the wrong place.
Most of us must make a decision about our professional career at an age and stage of development when we don’t yet know much about our personalities and ourselves.If you chose an education path or career while you were still young, you set a course that is very important for the largest part of your waking life. Frequently many outside influences play an important role: advice you received from your parents, the grades you got at school, what your friends were going to do. You may have been accepted for an internship or at a university that was not your first choice - this list could probably be continued for a while. Only very few young people are truly at peace with themselves and their personalities and choose their careers accordingly.
Should you belong to that group of people who are still stuck in the process of choosing, then career profiling will assist you in making a decision as to your professional direction. However, even if you belong to that group of people who are already in the middle of their career, your career profile will encourage you to face up to your own needs one more time and to ask yourself whether the profession you chose is truly what you want to do for the rest of your (professional) life. If you arrive at the conviction while reading this that you may have made the wrong turn on the way, then that is still no reason to panic! Almost all decisions can be corrected with patience and perseverance. It does not even have to mean choosing a totally different profession or going back to school (even though that may be an alternative - many people do this in the course of their lives.)
It may be sufficient for you to change certain aspects of your profession.You may be happy with a change of department, or working for a company in the same sector but with a different structure. Maybe career profiling will simply help you to see the subject in general and your personal expectations of your professional career in a different light. On the other hand, career profiling will help you see the continuously occurring conflicts between yourself and certain colleagues (superiors) with different eyes and you may be able to handle them better.
Finally, there is always the alternative that after having read this you’ll sit back with a good feeling that you are in exactly the right job - and also recognizing the causes of your strengths and weaknesses even more clearly and how you can best use them. For this, it is vital that you know yourself as well as possible. In everyday life we don’t take sufficient time to deal with our wishes, needs, abilities and preferences, our “habitat” in general. Your career profile is intended for you to stop for a moment and define your position on the subject of profession. If you are satisfied with the chosen road, you will be able to continue traveling it with more confidence and knowledge about yourself. If you are in any way dissatisfied, then you will hopefully have gained a few ideas and food for thought, enabling you to make the necessary changes.
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This article was written by psychologist and book author Felicitas Heyne. She is the developer of the iPersonic personality test. Take the free personality test now and get in-depth career advice and life coaching from our unique iPersonic personality profiles!Similar articles in this blog:
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