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Building a purpose-driven career

What would it be like for you to wake up each day looking forward to the work that you do? Everyone aspires to have purpose or meaning in their career but how do you actually do that? What practical steps can you take today or this month to make sure you’re not just toiling away at your desk but you’re doing something you genuinely care about? Here are some tips for building a purpose-driven career.

Find your alignment

Most of us have hobbies, causes, or goals we pursue in our personal time. If you’re feeling a stark division between your 9-to-5 life and who you are after hours, consider how you could weave those passions into your work. For instance, if there’s a cause you’re deeply involved in – like environmental issues – look for ways to raise awareness or facilitate change within your organisation. Knowing you’re helping to open your co-workers’ eyes — especially about an issue close to your heart – could give you just the dose of purpose you need.

Know your wants, needs, and strengths

Plenty of professionals out there wander from job to job, hoping to gain skills and enough experience that will “put them ahead.” A very few people invest their attention to clearly defining their wants, needs, and strengths. Knowing what you want and how your skills align with an organization or add value to a team can trump years of experience that another candidate might have. Spending valuable time to answer these questions about yourself will not only help you better understand what you’re working toward, but it will also help others help you.

Think long term

This work shouldn’t just be in service of getting your next job. Career design is different than a job-search strategy, and the question you should be asking yourself is not “What job do I want?” but “What life do I want?” Think about where you want to be in five, ten, twenty years. Of course, you have to answer more immediate questions about what you want in your current job or your next, but do so only in the context of your longer, larger career goals.

Get curious and start learning

One thing that no person can teach you is how to get curious about your life. And one constant we know about the workplace? It will change. Shake things up in your day to day by learning something new. Not only will this stimulate your brain and creativity, but it also helps you build confidence, grow more efficient in a hobby, and definitely gives you something to talk about while you’re out there listening and networking with others!

Imagine how great life would be if you were doing work you love. Work that’s so aligned to your personality, strengths, and values that it feels like a natural extension of who you are. Work that feels so rewarding and impactful that it actually energises you. If you’re the kind of person that really cares about your career, I highly recommend putting in the time to uncover your true purpose.

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