It’s easy to apply for any and all jobs that catch your eye, and that you think you may be a passable fit for you. But will that make you happy in the long run? 🤔
I’ve been through thousands of cvs and interviewed hundreds of applicants in my career, and there’s always someone who can’t seem to stay at a place longer than a year.
Often these are very talented, clearly ambitious people. They tend to jump at every new opportunity or become quickly disillusioned with their role.
I know I’ve sometimes been that person!
That’s why I loved these five questions I came across on Google’s career page.
They’re excellent as a visualisation exercise and needed to be shared more widely. It’ll help you think about where you truly want to be and what you want to do, and help you avoid jumping ship prematurely when the going gets tough – or entirely avoiding positions that will be unsuitable for you in the long-term, thus giving you a most sustainable career trajectory.
- What is something you learned that made everything that came after easier?
- Have more of your achievements come as a result of solitary effort or teamwork?
- What do you enjoy more, solving problems or pushing the discussion forward?
- What is the most rewarding job you’ve ever had? Why?
- Describe the best team you ever worked with. What made that experience stand out?
Then, as the writer puts it: “Now, sit with your history for a moment. Consider all the best, most rewarding elements of your experience, and let them come together to create a picture of where you want to go next in your career.”
Let me know if this works for you! There’s no shame if you HAVE changed career track more than most, but it’s never too late to settle down and build something you’re proud of. ✨