Several pages in today’s Chicago Sun-Times were devoted to honoring Roger Ebert, who died yesterday at age 70. One especially touching editorial talked about how Ebert was lucky to do work that he loved. In part, it was luck. However, it was also a matter of skill and good career management.
Too many people float from job to job without asking the important question: What do I want to do? When I coach clients who are thinking about changing careers, I ask them to think about those skills that they most enjoy using on the job. These skills are best thought of as “gifts.” The better we can align where we work with our gifts, the more likely we are to be happy on the job.
After you define your gifts, the next step is to identify positions that require those special skills. Then start to identify companies that are potential employers and begin to search job boards. The job search is never easy, especially for people trying to change careers. If your goal is to be happy at work, make the effort. Employers do not care if you are happy as long as you do your job. You have to be responsible for your own happiness at work. If you’re not happy, start looking – now.