When you find your ideal company culture, it can feel like you’re the “Missing Piece,” the element that’s needed to make the greater whole operate seamlessly. Conversely, your ideal company culture can fill in the pieces which are currently missing in your career.
In the last two articles, we’ve explored “A Week in My Life,” where you created a description of your ideal week; and “Cultural Consciousness,” where you identified your ideal company culture. Now, it’s time to discover where you fit into that culture, and use that information to seek out your ideal job/role.
Here are some questions to ask yourself in order to get a clearer picture of your ideal role. It can be helpful to have your description of your ideal company close to hand as a reference. Remember, all these questions should be answered within the framework of your ideal week and ideal company culture.
What is your job title and description?
What is your salary range? (Go for the gold, here. After all, this is your ideal world!)
What are you creating in your role? What types of problems are you solving on a day-to-day basis? What type of information are you working with? (If you have trouble answering this, look back over your career, and identify the projects/solutions/incentives that you’re most proud of, or which were most fulfilling to you. What role would provide you with those types of situations regularly?)
How many people do you answer to? How many people work directly for you (or as part of your team)?
How do you interact with your bosses, coworkers, or team members on a daily basis? Do you work mostly alone, or as part of a group?
Does your ideal job require frequent travel? To where, and for what?
What is your ideal work schedule? Flexible hours, weekends, nights?
In what ways does your ideal job align with your personal values, goals, and commitments?
How do you feel that you can make a difference on a larger scale in your ideal role? What contributions will you be able to make in this role which will allow you to feel more fulfilled and productive?
As with the last two exercises, you might choose to make two lists: one for your ideal job, and the other for your not-so-ideal job. Become clear about what you want, and what you cannot or will not accept. When you have a strong vision about what’s right for you, you’re more likely to find it.