Everyone of us loves the idea of having a fulfilling career, yet many of us fall short of pursuing what we really, really want to be doing. Despite this, it really is possible to find a fulfilling career, if we’d only try. Like many things in life, there’s no silver bullet or magic wand that will make our dream job suddenly fall into our lap. There’s never one single factor that would result in us just tripping into a fulfilling career by accident. Carving out a fulfilling career involves plenty of hard work and commitment, but if you follow the simple tips below, such a career is entirely within your reach.

  1. Notice What Stirs You

When something stirs us, it creates a reaction within us. Some artists are less interested in whether their art is loved and respected and much more interested in their art creating a reaction. That reaction can be positive or negative, but they do not want it to be neutral. What is it that causes either a positive or negative reaction in you? That makes you want to act? Makes you perhaps want to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper about it. Anything you feel this strongly about is worth further exploration to see if you can look for a fulfilling role that’s related to the topic in some way. After all, we are more fulfilled by our work if we have strong feelings about it and are not just doing it because it’s a job.

  1. Find Purpose

You can make your current role more fulfilling by understanding your employer’s purpose and values. It’s really important to fully understand and appreciate how you’re contributing to an organisation and to align yourself to what it is you come into work for every day.

  1. Keep Learning

Whether you stay in your current job or find a new role, commit yourself to continuous learning at work to get a proper sense of fulfilment out of what you do. We are programmed to want to be better tomorrow than we were today. We want to be stretched. We want to know someone we work with a little better. We want to be able to use our technology so we can be more efficient. If there’s no learning in it, we’re never going to be fulfilled in anything we do. See if your employer can help you find learning opportunities – for example, you might be able to access their in-house online training programme and do a few courses or modules that way.

  1. Look for An Employer with Good People

We want terrific colleagues. We need to be connected to communities of people who are interested in doing a good job and interested in supporting one another along the way. You quite often hear people say that they hate office politics. Office politics are usually toxic, so you want to be involved in communities where that sort of issue is marginalised or stamped out.

  1. Find a Confidant at Work

You want to be part of tribes of people who understand you and value the skills you have. It’s good to have somebody in the workplace you can talk, share challenges and grow with.

  1. Cut Down the Commute

In this digital age where you can hardly ever go incognito anymore, you want some form of fulfilling career that allows you more time and space to yourself. If we physically must leave the house to go to work every day, why don’t we work as close to where we live as we can, cutting out a lot of stressful travel? Maybe we can seek a job that doesn’t require us to be in face-to-face attendance regularly, where we can work more remotely and mix it up a bit. Monday mornings, complete with thoughts of the week ahead, can be awful for those who must travel the same arduous route for the next five long, hard days. If you bring variety to the table you get a greater chance of fulfilment

  1. Take a Job You Can Confidently Do

Fulfilling careers are more likely if you find your work easy. That’s not to say your job shouldn’t be challenging – it’s about you bringing a level of confidence to what you do. When your work is easy you get into a groove and rhythm.

  1. Look to The Future

At any stage in your career, it’s possible you’re going to come to the end of a job and move on to a new challenge with a new employer. When you recognise that your work is finite and you can have a clear ending, it makes it so much easier to set out again on a new beginning that brings you fulfilment in your career for the future. Do not wait around and expect that this is going to happen to you all the time, because it does not. If you’re lucky it might happen some of the time, but you usually have to manage that sort of transition.

By Simon North, Associate Career Coach