Your work environment is a make-it or break-it for your career satisfaction. You can love what you do, the tasks you perform and the work. But if you dislike your work environment, your boss or your peers, it can have an extremely negative impact on your job satisfaction. I’ve had many career coaching clients who enjoy their work only to leave for another company or another type of role in their industry in order to escape a bad environment. Strongly consider this when you’re researching a company or an industry. Glassdoor.com is one place to look. Conducting informational interviews with people at the company is another way to gather information.
Also, in order to know the right work environment, one thing you need to be clear about is your personality type. For example, if you are an introvert you probably need a work environment that’s quieter and doesn’t require group meetings constantly. Maybe you are more of a detailed oriented person who thrives on specific guidelines and expectations for how to do your job. Or you might be more of a fly by the seat of your pants person who wants to make it up as they go along.
I was thrilled to receive an email from my career coaching client, Barbara, in California. She shared with me how helpful taking the iPersonic Personality Type assessment was to her. Barbara was surprised to see how dead on the assessment was and how precise it was at describing the type of work environment she would thrive in. She said that this was the icing on the cake at this point in her career journey!
There are many tests you can take online to help you figure this out (iPersonic is one of them). Take the time to understand yourself in order to land in the right place. It’s well worth the time and effort!
Ideal Career Coach
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