Your work has a huge impact on your quality of life and personal happiness. Answering the 14 questions below will help you reflect your work and where you are in your career journey, and what to do next.
Please rate each statement according to your level of agreement (1 = never agree, 5 = always agree)
1. The work I do reflects my most important values.
2. I really look forward to Monday mornings.
3. I have lots of upward mobility in my current role.
4. My job is helping me to develop the skills I need for career growth.
5. I’d be delighted to be working in the same role and company in 5 years time.
6. I never complain about my work to other people.
7. I can balance work success with achieving significant personal goals.
8. My job lets me use my personal strengths.
9. My career is exciting and energizing.
10. I am recognized and rewarded for the work that I do.
11. I love the culture that I work in and it allows me to thrive.
12. I have a clear vision for career success and am actively working to achieve my goals.
13. I have the right career support (mentors, advisors, network) in place to allow me to thrive.
14. I feel like my work makes a significant difference to the world.
How is well is work working for you?
Now add up your ratings for each question. If you scored:
0 – 35: This probably isn’t news to you, but your work just isn’t working. Don’t despair. Now is a good time to revitalize your career journey. A good place to start is to go back to basics and do some career planning. It’s hard to be successful without having a clear definition of success.
If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, look for support to help get you out. Remember, every great career journey starts with a single step. Take a look at this article on Finding Work that Matters to get started.
35 – 55: Your work is ticking some boxes and there are other areas that need a tune-up. You may be able to address some of the challenges by shaking up your current role, or making a change in your current organization. However, it may take a more radical career shift to address some issues.
Take a look at where you are not scoring well and create a plan of attack to revitalize these areas. Our guide to Thriving at Work in the 21st Century is a great place to start.
55 – 70: Congratulations, your work is providing you with a lot of satisfaction and success. Take a look at the questions where you scored less well and think about how to polish the halo. Here are some ideas for setting a clear vision and goals to keep your career journey moving forward.
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