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Dear Career Coach,

I seem to have hopped from job to job over the last 5 years. How can I focus myself on a career direction and get some stability in my life?

Maureen, London

Hi Maureen

When the job that we are doing does not align to our real skills, interests and values, we tend to move on. However, if we don’t pause to really try to understand what our skills and interests are we find ourselves constantly on the move searching for that elusive great job that we know is out there.

Not everyone wants or needs a ‘career’; many people are happy to have a good job that pays well enough to fund the lifestyle that they enjoy outside work.  For others – and you sound like one of these – a career direction is about more than a job.  It is about the sense of finding stability in life and of feeling fulfilment beyond simply earning a weekly or monthly wage.

But finding career fulfilment involves taking stock and asking some hard questions. Success and fulfilment mean different things to different people; for some, it’s about money, for others it is about following their true vocation. Only you can define what success looks like for you, based on your values, skills and your passions.

I am suggesting that you take some quiet time and reflect on the following:

  • What really motivates me?
  • How do I define success?
  • How do I think I will feel when I have achieved this success?
  • Based on my vision of success, what is the right kind of work for me?
  • Is what I am doing in my current job using my talents, abilities, qualifications and experience to the full? If not, is there an opportunity to do so?
  • Is what I am doing putting me on the path to achieving the success I envisage?
  • Am I working in an organisation with goals and values the same as mine?
  • How do I prefer to work and what do I do best?
  • Is my job at the right level of responsibility for me?  If not, what would be?
  • What do I need to change in order to be doing the work that is right for me?
  • What information, skills, training or action do I need to make this change?
  • What, if anything, is stopping me?
  • What do I need to do to remove any obstacles that prevent my action?

Although they may seem straightforward, these questions are probably quite tough to answer. Clear your mind of any preconceptions; put aside what others may expect of you and what you think you should be doing and focus purely on yourself. When you have answered all of the above, you will be on the path to defining your career direction and achieving the stability you want. Keep in mind how you think you will feel when you have achieved success and let this feeling motivate you to keep going through the tough times.

As the saying goes, ‘do what you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life’. That great job is out there – but you will have to ask the tough questions to help you find the right direction.

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