When we’re young, our teachers and family members always ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For most of us, our career path changes drastically from elementary school to college to the real world. Regardless of the path we take, most people have the same end goal… We want to be happy in our careers.
Your career isn’t everything, but it does take up a significant amount of your waking hours. Because of this, finding the perfect job is extremely important. Here are some things you’ll notice when you’re in the right place.
You’re not living for the weekend
There is a difference between enjoying your weekend and counting down the seconds until it arrives. If you genuinely look forward to starting your workweek, it’s a huge sign that you’re in the right place.
You feel appreciated
In some jobs you won’t always get a “thank you” at the end of every day, but you should feel that your work is important and valued. While salary is part of this, the culture and nature of your workplace are equally relevant to the equation.
You’re not looking for new employment
One way for companies to gauge employee happiness is to see how many employees are passively looking for new employment. If you’re scrolling through job boards looking for the next best thing, that is a sign that you’re missing something at your current workplace. Do you see yourself growing with the company years down the line?
Your to-do list at work makes you feel motivated
If you’re looking at your work to-do list and a feeling of anxiety creeps into your stomach, that could be a sign that your work isn’t enjoyable for you. Instead of dreading the work, you should feel motivated and empowered to challenge yourself and do your best.
You have a healthy work-life balance
If you have to work 50 or 60 hours per week, that takes away from the free time you have to spend with friends and family. Some people love their job and happily put in the time, but for others, working long hours can lead to career burnout. When you’re in the perfect career, you’ll feel that your work life and home life are perfectly balanced for your needs. However, it is worth noting that if you’re truly happy in your job, sacrificing some spare time for work-related activities isn’t a burden for you.
In your career, I hope you find happiness you desire. For me, I love seeing projects to completion, driving results and actively managing others. Once you’ve found what you value in a career, it will be easy to find the one that suits you best!