Whenever we get into a new job or career, we always promise ourselves that it will get better, we will grow, make more money and eventually branch out to do our own thing.
Sometimes, we chase that dream so much that we find ourselves feeling drained, settling and hating our jobs.
This then leads to getting up and quitting our jobs. But the problem is that this move could either take us on the path of our dream jobs, or disappoint us and we begin to look for another job, and the cycle continues.
This does not always have to be the case. There are a number of ways to finding your career happiness.
To begin with, it has to be a job that enables you to use your top skills.
You may be a great writer and have a way with words or you may be a techie who loves to play with high-tech toys.
The idea is to look for a job that enables you to do something that you love. In that way, you will be able to build on these skills and even get the necessary tools to start your own business.
Next, do not focus on the money or the title. Many a time, you will find someone who is only worried about the next paycheck or if they will get that coveted promotion.
Yes, we do have to pay our bills and build our resumes, but sometimes we may not always get these things. This leads to job dissatisfaction and resentment for your work. Instead, focus on the journey and be the best that you can be. The pay raise and corner office will come at their own time.
Another thing that ensures career happiness is the ability to have a work-life balance. This means that you should be able to balance your social or home life and your work life without making one or the other suffer.
One of the things you can do is to avoid carrying your work home. This will take you away from spending time on family, friends and hobbies and can even make you more tired than you have to be.
You would rather stay an extra hour in the office and get that work done or if it can wait till the next morning, then focus on it the next day.
Your social life is what keeps you sane and well balanced to be able to be the best employee or business owner around.
Finally, find out how you can put your skills into good use. While an office job will sharpen those skills, the ultimate goal for many of us is to be our own bosses and run our own ventures.
In an instance, maybe you are about to head to your first business meeting conference room, it is alright to feel afraid but if you have absolute faith in your skills and abilities then your business and career will grow in the right direction – Up and forward. So remember, career happiness is not found in a bank account (although it helps), a corner office or a flashy title.
It is found in doing that thing you love and see yourself excelling in.