Here’s what people in careers that fit well say about their work.

Ask yourself, “If I did the same work I do now in a different environment, would I be able to claim most of these statements for myself?” If so, you may just need a job change. If many of these do not represent your present work, you need a career change. The best way to do do this well is to hire an expert guide: a career coach or career counselor.

  • You feel like a duck in a pond. Your work is a natural expression of your talents and personality.
  • It fits you so well that often, work is play.
  • You are proud of what you do and enjoy telling other people about it.
  • You are highly respected at work because you are so good at what you do.
  • You do not have to pretend to be someone else at work.
  • Your own best and most natural forms of creative expression are what you are paid to do.
  • The environment you work in brings out your best efforts.
  • You enthusiastically look forward to going to work most of the time.
  • Your job rewards your most important values and allows you to fulfill your goals, in
    terms of personal growth and achievement goals, income, stability, etc.
  • The result of your efforts makes a contribution that personally matters to you.
  • You don’t spend your days working for something that you don’t really care about.
  • Your job directly fulfills your work-related goals. It does not create barriers to realizing
    your other goals.
  • You like the people you work with.
  • You are on a winning team that is having a great time getting the job done.
  • A day on the job leaves you feeling energized, not burned out.

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