Everyone seems to fall into a period of introspection as the new year nears—and this time is no exception. A common aspect that people think about is their careers. Want to make your thought process more structured? Start by asking yourself these five career questions before the year comes to an end:
- Is my career making me happy?
While it is true that no job is perfect, if you are working in a career or with a company that makes you dread climbing out of bed each morning, it is time for a change. Life really is too short to be unhappy, especially when there are so many career options available these days. By taking a career assessment, you can exactly determine what is making you unhappy—and do something constructive and positive to change it.
- Am I making enough money?
For many people, the whole point of working is to make enough money to live comfortably and to have financial stability. If you are struggling to pay your bills each month, then perhaps it’s about time for a career evaluation. This might involve completing a bit of research regarding the local career climate in your area. Are there in-demand careers nearby? Can you obtain the training needed to qualify for a new career (that may result in a healthy bump in pay)?
- Does my current job have enough room to advance?
Most people don’t intend to be stuck in one job for the rest of their lives. Is there enough room for you to grow in your current career? If your current job doesn’t offer any room for career advancement, are you happy with the situation? If the answer is no, then you have some internal work to do and some career questions to ask. Perhaps you can train to gain new skills. Who knows? Maybe your boss will eventually let you shoulder more responsibility.
- What is the one skill (related to my career) that I want to obtain?
Nearly all careers have on-the-job training opportunities to broaden or strengthen skill sets. Are there other skills that your coworkers have, but you lack? Identify how they came to have those skills or ask them directly. Being open to continuous learning and career improvement will help you to grow professionally.
- What are the things that am I most proud of in my career?
Do you feel a sense of pride when it comes to your job? This is often the driving force that pushes you to come to work when you would rather sleep each morning. Pinpointing these things can help you to realize if you are ready for a change in careers or to keep doing the things you like more often.
As 2016 approaches, it is the perfect time to give your career some thought. What other year-end questions do you ask yourself? We’re excited to hear about them!