Having a career that aligns with your values is not always the first thing you consider when going for a job. Many people consider what career will get them the most money or what career sounds the most impressive – only to end up in a career that they hate, filled with dread every time they have to go into work.
Below, we’ll take a look at what you should do if you want a career that aligns with your values. A career that aligns with your values will make you so much happier day to day – even if you have to take a pay cut. You’ll have more satisfaction, feel like you’re using your skills, and you may even feel like you’re making a real difference. Let’s take a look:
Know Yourself Well
The first step is to know yourself well, so you need to become the type of person that questions everything. Not everybody is naturally introspective, but it’s so important if you’re going to discover the things that make you happy and the things that don’t. Ask yourself the following questions:
- When was the last time you felt truly alive?
- What lights you up?
- Who do you enjoy helping?
- What don’t you like?
- When do you feel drained and unhappy?
You can write down your answers to make this easier.
Learn From Past Experiences
Take a look at past experiences in order to answer the above questions and figure out what direction you should be going in. You can look at your past jobs and even the job you’re in now to assess the sort of career that is going to be aligned with your values and help you to be your most authentic self.
What You Want From Your Next Job
People look for different things in their jobs, so you can’t compare your path or wants and needs to somebody you’re close to. Some may want a place to let their creativity shine, while others may want flexible hours. It all depends. Perhaps you want to do something especially noble, like campaign for peace with the international humanitarian association. As these things vary so much from person to person, you’re going to need to know what truly matters. Understanding the unique makeup of your value system is the way to go. By using a system where you rate potential values on how much they matter to you, you should be able to figure out the next steps to take. Some of your values may be the following:
- Casual work environment
- Employee benefits
- High level of interaction with people
- Opportunity to learn new things
- Supportive management
- Work/life balance
- Working alone
There are so many more values you could have, so get listing and rating to figure them out. When you’re done, you should have a handful of values to look for in your next career, and you’ll be on your way to landing a job that suits you professionally and personally.