What Should I Do with My Life?
Four Things to Consider
by Helen Godfrey, MA, NCC, BCC, LPC
Some people have a job. Some people have a career. Some people have a calling. Which one resonates with you? If you simply want a job, you may not be too concerned about the satisfaction you feel at work. As long as you have a paycheck, you may be happy. Perhaps you find satisfaction through your personal life, hobbies, etc. and a paycheck is all you need from your job.
Some people want a career. That is, they want to progress up the career ladder. If you fall into this category, you may want a clear career path. For ABC number of years, I will be at this level. From there I will move on to such and such title. Progression, titles and additional responsibilities may bring you satisfaction.
Some people have a calling. That is, they have a deep, inner knowing and maybe even a philosophy regarding the impact they are hoping to make as a result of their calling. They would do this work for free-I wouldn’t recommend advertising that you would do it for free unless you are financially able to do so because people might take you up on your offer.
So, whether you want a job, a career or to find your calling, here are some things to keep in mind so that, regardless of the category you fall under, you can be happier. First, in order to be happy at the workplace, you will want to find a job that combines your values, interests, skills and abilities. Here are some questions to consider as you explore each in more detail.
Taking time to self-reflect and understand what is important to you, what you are good at, your priorities and what brings you happiness will give you a better chance of enjoying your job. So, as you consider how your values, interests, skills and abilities translate into your job, career, calling or all three, I would like to invite you to consider this quote by Khalil Gibran: When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Doesn’t that sound like a wonderful way to spend your day?
Having a hard time answering the suggested questions above?
You may want to consider working with a career counselor. Here is some information about how I run my sessions: