Many of us find that to grow and progress in our life and work, we need to undertake personal and professional development. But what does personal or professional development actually mean? And what do you need to do to put a development plan in place? Read our guide below to find out! What is personal
At Tiger, we believe that everyone should love going into work every day. If you’re unhappy at work, (whether it be because of the workplace, management or the role itself), it may be time to consider looking for a something that you find fulfilling.
By assessing your values as a first step, this can raise some important questions about what you consider important to you, and therefore what would classify as a meaningful job. As a way to kick-start the process, we’ve put together three important questions to ask yourself in order to find your dream role.
What would I love to do if money didn’t matter?
If you’re completely stuck on where to begin in your search for a more meaningful career, consider taking your salary out of the equation. From there, you can begin to see which sectors or industries may best suit you. For example, if you’re passionate about helping others, maybe consider moving into a not-for-profit company, or a workplace that values CSR. If you love animals, for example, your job search may lead you towards working with animals directly or with an animal charity.
Can my values, skills and passions help me find a career?
A dream job is often one where a person can use both their skills and passions on a daily basis. This might seem like an impossible goal, especially when there are no immediate connection between them. Try this exercise as a start: Make three lists that outline your skills, values and passions, and then circle one word from each list. Then, try to find a possible career or sector that encompasses all three words. Continue this technique until you’ve written out a list of different jobs – you may be surprised by how many you come up with!
Which aspects of your current role do you enjoy the most?
If you stop and think about the tasks you perform in your current role, which ones do you look forward to the most? If you’re in a personal assistant job and you love when your Principal asks you to organise office parties or company events, maybe look at a role in the events industry. Similarly, if you find that you love the tasks where you can use your imagination, like designing a presentation or a social media graphic, maybe you’re more suited to the creative field. Whatever it is, identifying the element of your current role you enjoy is a fantastic way to point you in the direction of several potential meaningful careers!
You may have to take a pay cut if you’re starting out in a new career, so consider this in the first instance and make sure that you can afford to do so!
If you’re ready to start job hunting for a meaningful career, read through our comprehensive guide to planning your job search.