Programme: Your Career in the Spotlight

4. Check, Check and Check Again: Your Current Job

In the previous cards, you looked at what your talents and (work) values are and you gained insight into your requirements, wishes and dreams. What insight has this offered you?

Perhaps you already had doubts about your current job. Or maybe you have gained insight and this has brought up new doubts. If you can’t decide whether you should stay or go, it is a good idea to identify  what you could change about your current job. This can help you to remove those doubts.

There may also be temporary circumstances which are clouding your judgement - difficult communications with a colleague, a delayed project or uncertainty due to a re-organisation, for example. Will these things improve or change over time?

When we experience these kinds of doubts, we tend to jump to the conclusion that looking for a new job is the answer. But these circumstances can occur in any job, and changing jobs brings up other (undesirable) issues - job applications and uncertainty as well as new processes, colleagues and responsibilities.

In other words, changing your circumstances does not always deliver the results you might be hoping for. For this reason, it can be helpful to think about how you can influence and change your current situation. That way, you can see the positive side of your current situation, too. 

When we experience doubt, it can be tempting to look for a complete change. But we should not rush into important decisions. The best way to reach a clear decision is to work through a logical process. Give yourself plenty of time to figure out what is best for you. And if you don’t have all the answers yet, that’s perfectly OK. 

Reflect & connect

Answer the following questions and share your answers with your online psychologist, your partner and/or a friend

Looking back at the previous cards:

1. To what extent does your job fulfil your requirements, wishes and dreams?
- To what extent does your job conform with your (work) values?
- Are you making good use of your talents?
- Are there aspects which are insufficiently represented or not present?

2. Make a list of the pros and cons of your job.

3. Looking at the cons:
- What changes could you make?
- What are the things that you have no influence over and therefore cannot change?

4. What action can you take today in order to facilitate change?

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