Happiness at work may be closer than you think

Do you question yourself about whether or not you should change career? I often speak to clients who are not happy in their job and who are not sure what other careers might bring them. Being unhappy at work doesn’t always mean a change of career is the solution.

To find out if a change of career is what you need, you have to find out first why you are not happy at work. There are sometimes circumstances that could trigger your unhappiness and your willingness to change career. Maybe there’s a lack of collaboration, your tasks are too repetitive, your boss isn’t communicative, or the company values are not aligned with yours.

The key to making good career decisions is self-awareness. Here are some tools that can help you discover why you’re unhappy and help you make choices that will re-shape your work life for the better.

Job crafting

Job crafting has been used by a number of people who have been redesigning their own jobs to better suit their values, strengths, and passions.

According to the research of Wrzesniewski and Dutton (2001), job crafting is how an employee reframes their work, physically, socially and cognitively. Job crafting is a way for employees to utilise opportunities to readjust their jobs by changing their tasks. It helps people find meaning in their work, they have the opportunity to use their strengths, incorporate their passion and re-energise their working life.

Myers Briggs personality test

Myers Briggs personality test is the most popular personality assessment used by recruiters internationally. It uses to understand individual strengths and differences.

It is an excellent way to identify and understand your personality type which is useful in the workplace as you will be able to understand why you react a certain way in some situations. The test helps you in terms of personal development and professional development and it gives you a list of roles that matches with your personality.

SWOT analysis

SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats. This analysis helps you leverage your strengths and the opportunities you have. Going through this exercise can help you uncover abilities and discover how your weaknesses could be holding you back. You’ll see how to develop your strengths and distinguish yourself from your peers.

Personal Ansoff Matrix

The personal Ansoff Matrix is a strategic planning tool that measure risks in your career decisions. It’s a good way to investigate your options and associated risks. It helps you assess those risks and overcome doubts so you can plan your career accordingly.

I have used the above tools in my coaching programs, and they are very effective.

Give yourself the best chance of happiness at work

It pays to be aware of your needs and personality before deciding to move jobs. When I use these tools with clients, they are able to understand themselves and make informed decisions with a much better chance of success.

Sylvia Nicolas

Sylvia Nicolas

Sylvia is a global career consultant and coach who helps people find the right job with CV writing, interview training and job search strategies. Email sylvia@snhumanresourcesconsulting.com to find out more or book a free consultation with Sylvia right now.

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