Anyone in the Greater Houston, Texas metropolitan area can attest to the ever-present heat and humidity in our climate. The surprise is, although it seems much hotter this year as compared to other years, many records are still intact. Yet, daily we are reminded of the rising temperatures, the call to stay hydrated and the urge to remain vigilant in surveying our surroundings to detect any need for change.
As with the weather reminders, it’s a great time to pause and take a mid-year temperature, hydration and environmental check of your career. Is your temperature rising as you move toward achieving your desired goals for 2018? Are you staying hydrated – continuously learning, actively engaged in your profession, honing your leadership skills (whether a people leader or individual contributor), and expanding impact within your sphere of influence? Are you building and maintaining professional networks to proactively connect with others, giving generously while surveying the landscape for potential growth and development opportunities?
An Overall Temperature Check. Earlier this year, you likely set professional goals. Press pause and consider these questions:
- Are you going where you want to go in your career?
- Are you becoming what you want to become?
- Does your current profession truly align with your natural interests and talents?
A “yes” response to these questions may indicate you are well on your way to fulfilling your talents and potential.
Yet, at any stage of life and career, you may consider exploring how your natural interests, strengths and motivators influence your career options and personal satisfaction.
A successful banker learned the value of this introspection, discovering she has a keen interest in social services, while realizing her ideal work environment is sales and marketing-focused. As a volunteer at a non-profit organization, she has served clients to meet their needs and found it a satisfying experience. With this broader awareness, she can now capitalize on her interests and work environment preferences to explore engaging in the agency’s fundraising efforts. This will create an even more satisfying volunteer experience – and potentially an advantage for the organization as it will have a more involved volunteer bringing her full talents and interests to service. Beyond volunteerism, investing in an overall career temperature check provided the banker an eye-opening revelation of career options that were otherwise invisible – possibly the seeds for change in career direction.
Never underestimate the power of your innate interests and preferences. These open the doors to connect your passion and profession, a winning proposition for you and your employer.
“Be true to what naturally interests you – and be brave enough to turn an obsession into a profession” – Shelly Branch.
It’s neither too early nor too late to check your career’s temperature, and to discover and follow the career path that has the highest potential for your personal satisfaction. Your time is now!