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Career Corner: Love Your Job! Finding Fulfillment at Work Part 1

Identifying your Career Values-Part 1

Ready to beat the 9 to 5 grind and find greater fulfillment in your job? In the next several posts, I’ll show you how you can create a sense of fulfillment in your career – right here and now.

Do you want more satisfaction at work but you’re not sure how to get it? Many people feel this way so you’re not alone. In the past it was ok to just punch a time clock at work and find your fulfillment outside of the 9-5 workday. Or to wait until retirement to spend your time doing something you truly enjoyed. Fortunately, times have changed! You don’t have to settle for less than a job that provides fulfillment and satisfaction, in addition to a steady paycheck.

I’ve noticed through my career coaching practice that people are demanding that their jobs fill more than the need for a paycheck. They want fulfillment at work. I applaud this because I know from experience that this is possible. Now the question is…how do you find it?

One of the primary ways I help my career coaching clients determine what’s fulfilling for them at work is by identifying what I call their Career Values. You’ve heard the word values before. Here’s how I define them: A value is an enduring belief that a specific way of behaving is preferable to any other. Your values are your priorities. They serve as a subconscious guide and help you make decisions. Your values are at the core of who you are as a person, operating below the surface, much like the roots of a tree. The roots affect everything about the tree, just as your values influence your behavior and your decisions.

Til the next Career Corner post, think about what your values might be… Make a list and see what you come up with. If you need help with this, you know where to find me.

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Hallie Crawford
Career Coach