Throughout our careers we have a tug-of-war with the reality of our lives. “Am I being paid as much as my peers? Is this work interesting enough for me? Can I work these crazy hours and still care for my family? Am I being recognized or sought out for my expertise?” The reality is that you are an evolving, growing human being whose needs and abilities will continually change over time. Nothing stays the same forever, not you, not the demands of life outside of work and not your employer (or the labor market landscape in general).
It is up to each of us to build a healthy relationship with our careers; to stay attune to what we need, what is changing, and to be open to the unfolding relationship between who you are today, your personal life and your working life. For some this means meticulous planning, for others it may be “going with the flow”…most of us fall somewhere in between. Know this, people who are intentional about this intersection between life and career often experience less strife and anxiety and are more able to relax into their work with balance and wellbeing.
Looking for some of that? Here are 6 key items to consider before sitting down and planning for your career:
Keeping these six points in mind while contemplating your career will support a healthy and realistic approach to career planning that allows you to be intentional in your approach, making strong decisions that create wellbeing throughout your entire working life.
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