It’s March and we’re heading toward the end of the year’s first quarter. It's easy to let your hopes and plans for a better 2022 fade into the background. Not so fast!
So many people are looking for more meaning in their careers right now. But what does that mean for you?
Even before the “great reset” we were hearing from women in their 40s, 50s, and beyond that finding more purpose in their professional life was a primary reason for exploring a career change.
And for many women looking to return to the workforce after a break, having meaning in their work life is often a key consideration when thinking about a next career chapter. But this can mean different things to different people.
For some it may mean working in the social sector, having a direct impact on individuals or a greater good.
For others it could mean working for an organization whose values are aligned with yours.
Or it might be as simple as seeing clearly the contribution you're making to an organization or team in meeting goals (and being recognized for it!)
In an EvolveMe poll we recently conducted on LinkedIn, 63% of people shared that having more meaning was about aligning work to their values. And we know that having a career that aligns to your values makes you more engaged and happy in your role.
What does “aligning to your values” mean for you now in your career?
When’s the last time you thought about your values as they relate to your work?
How may they have changed over time? Or even in the last year? And what are they now?
As your north star, core values are foundational beliefs that anchor and guide your life. Often we don't think about our values much, but when we dig deep, they’re what matter most to us and often best describe who we are at the center of our being.
Taking time to reflect on the values you hold most dearly will give you clues into how you can include more of what matters to you in your work. And that can make you happier!
And further, lifting up your core values can help you see yourself in a new way, giving you insight into your strengths. What we value is often aligned with who we aspire to be as our highest ideal self AND is an indicator of what what we’re good at.
In order to effectively lead yourself and others, you need to do some soul searching.
Here’s a good place to start! Take time to answer these questions.
What achievement or experience are you most proud of?
What challenging experiences have you learned from?
What do others compliment you on or come to you for?
Who inspires you in your life, and why?
What do you stand for?
Once you’ve identified your responses, look to see if there are central themes that come up. Make a list of five words or phrases that resonate the most with you and reflect who you are at your core.
Knowing your values can make you feel more confident and make it easier to make decisions that align with what you care about.
And if you’re interested in resetting your career now – so your current (or future!) role aligns with what matters most to you, download our FREE career strategy tool here: The EvolveMe Career Reinvention Analyzer
We want more for you! More meaning, fulfillment and happiness.
To your success!