You career has a massive influence over your life. A large portion of your waking hours are spent at your job and the people you work with often end up being your friends. Given how much your career impacts your life, making sure you choose something fulfilling is essential.
What should you look for from a truly fulfilling career?
Have you ever been so absorbed in a task that when you look at a clock you're shocked at how much time has passed? This is engagement. You want your career based in an area that often leaves you feeling this way, where the work draws you in and holds your full attention. No job can engage you 100 per cent of the time, but if you're in a role that never leaves you feeling engrossed in your work this could be an indication you're not in the right position.
It's natural to want to feel like you're spending your time doing something worthwhile. For example, if you're a developer at a company you believe is working to benefit society it's much more likely you'll be satisfied with your career than if you're at an organisation who's values don't match with your own.
To find satisfaction in your career, you should look for a role that you personally believe is contributing something useful to the world.
A positive work environment
People and culture matter. The atmosphere at your workplace greatly impacts how fulfilled you are in your career, and you want an environment that matches your personality.
A positive culture is the first step, but you should look beyond that as well. Are you a social person? Finding an organisation which has a strong community might work best for you. Or is a supportive, calm environment more your style?
Work that balances with your life
We don't solely mean work life balance here, though having a career which gives you a good equilibrium between the two is important. Instead, consider how your work might complement your personal drives. For example, if you enjoy developing and designing games in your free time, a role that advances your coding abilities could add value to your personal projects.
If you're looking for a career in the New Zealand IT and technology industry that will leave you feeling fulfilled, make sure you reach out to the team at 920 Career Agents. We're here to help you find the right job for your future.