Defining your "Why"
By Joan Johnson OTR/L, MPA-HA
Master in Health Administration
Many of our clients are unhappy in their current positions, yet unsure of their long term career plan. Some are feeling caregiver burnout, physically and emotionally exhausted by the increasing demands of patient care, frustrated with lack of professional opportunities for growth, or tired of a negative workplace culture. Whatever your “Why” is for needing a change, having it defined will help guide career decisions, even if your future title and direction remain open-ended or unclear.
Prioritizing your professional and personal needs by writing them down will help you feel more confident in making a career change.
Define what career success and job satisfaction mean to you. What do you value most? What “fills your cup” and keeps you motivated? What do you excel at?
What is most important to you in a position? Salary and benefits? Autonomy and flexibility with the schedule? Working for an organization with a strong mission, values, or ethical business practices? Opportunities for professional growth? Working with a collaborative and positive team?
Your definition of career success belongs to you. Write it down. Develop a vision board. Get inspired. Make a priority list. Even if you are unsure where you will end up, taking a calculated risk and making a change is easier when you have a written plan.
We now offer 1 hour career coaching sessions to help you solidify your priorities and define your personal vision of career success.
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Featuring articles from Joanie Johnson and Tanya Peterson.