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Job choice

 

1. Manage your career better

  • Decide which types of job you find the most stimulating and the most fulfilling.
  • Decide which types of position allow you to add the most value.
  • Find a balance between what you have to offer and what the business world has to offer you.
  • Define your financial, geographic, personal and professional objectives.
  • Define your work/life balance.
  • Ensure that your next job offers the elements which motivate you – remuneration, status, power, freedom, knowledge, etc.
  • Plan your job changes and possible lifestyle changes.
  • Plan your retirement.

 

2. Be a realist, but not overly so

Don’t attach too much importance to the restrictions which go with finding a new job; otherwise this will block your creativity.

 

3. I just need a job

A dangerous attitude for a job seeker!

  • Think about defining your objectives. 
  • Take risks – modern society favours adaptable people, those who embrace change.
  • You must be creative and leave all your options open.

 

4. The first thing to ask yourself is:

‘Do I live to work or do I work to live?’

If you live for 80 years, you will spend around 26 years sleeping and 18 years working, so it would be a good idea to try to optimise this major part of your life that you will spend at work.

And then concerning career, we often use methods which may be thorough but are not particularly creative, this means that people take decisions guided by logic and safety, excluding any creativity.

 

5. Change: the PROS and the CONS

Make two columns and evaluate the pros and cons of a career change.

PROS

CONS

– Opportunity to learn

– Progress

– Push myself

– Widen my network

– More varied and exciting life

– Better social position

– More power

– More income

– More freedom

– Meet more people

– Job security

– Financial and family constraints

– involvement in different projects

– Good pension plan

  • Then add up the total number of PROS.
  • Evaluate your CONS and think about their real value.
  • Rate the PRO and CON factors from 1 (weak) to 5 (strong) and add up the total
  • See if you can increase the PROS and reduce the CONS.

For example, is your job as safe as you think?

If you are worried about the impact a change of job would have on your family, what would be the impact of not changing at all?

Remember – not taking a risk is often the greatest risk of all.

 

6. Make a list:

  • Have you made conscious career decisions or have you just reacted to lucky opportunities?
  • What are your objectives?
  • Think and plan ahead: establishing a career plan is important.
  • Find a mentor you can discuss things with.
  • Write a list of 10 things you would like to change in your career, your job, how you do your job, the people you work with, your company’s values, your duties, your status and your salary.

 

7. The unsatisfactory aspects of your job.

‘I like the job, and lots of things about it, but…’

The main point of dissatisfaction should really stand out:

  • Is it all of the job which doesn’t suit you or just a part of it?
  • Is it the people you work with?
  • Are there problems elsewhere in your life (your partner, your family, your health, etc.) which make your job a form of release?

Answering these questions takes time, start by asking yourself:

  • What is interesting about your job?
  • What do you find really interesting about your job?

If you could change something with the simple wave of a magic wand: would it be the people you work with, the place, the perks/advantages or your duties?

Make a list and see what you can change, but be realistic about what can be changed and what cannot.

NB: It is very easy to believe that the only way to fix dissatisfaction is to change jobs. Often, this dissatisfaction with work shows that there is a gap between who you are and what you do.

But the real answer is career development: align as much as possible what you do in your job with who you are. It must be the realisation of who you already are.

 

Charles-Henri Dumon, CEO & Founder of Morgan Philips Group @CHDumonMorgan

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