Control your career happiness
- When it comes to your job, the bottom line is you have to be realistic and not let the happiness hype control you. Here are some tips from Steve Langerud, director of professional opportunities at DePauw University, on retaining control of your career happiness:
- Be clear what career happiness means to you. Is it security? Control? Mobility? Income? Colleagues? Location? This first step requires brutal self-assessment and complete honesty.
- Be specific about your needs for security. Are they financial? Meet with someone to understand where you are and where you want to go. Everyone needs to be a futurist. Gather real information about yourself and use it to plan.
- Engage your partner and family in your thinking. You have to do this by yourself, but you don’t have to do it alone. Let others in on your thoughts, fears and plans.
- Engage your employer in your thinking. Most employers are as unclear about the future as their employees. This is a great time to work together. Talking with your employer about how you can help them position the organization for success is a positive first step.
- Develop an action plan. Think about what you need to start, stop and continue doing to be happy.