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How to choose a career that will bring you happiness
Taking the time to match your skills, personality and aspirations to a potential job is crucial in finding a role that will bring you happiness. Working in a job that you love greatly increases your chances of long-term career success and satisfaction, so it’s important to make the right decision.
Consider the following key factors when deciding if a job will suit you.
1. Your personality and skills
Your job should be compatible with your attitude, beliefs and personality. It should make use of your key strengths and abilities, but also give you the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge in the areas you want to develop. If the job suits you, the work will be interesting and stimulating over the course of your time in the position.
2. Salary and conditions
The salary should provide fair compensation for your skills and experience. Find out how performance is measured and how often it is reviewed. It’s also important to ensure that company policies align with the conditions that are important to you, such as leave provisions and flexible working arrangements.
3. Company profile and culture
For a job to suit you, the company values must align with your own. Find out the quality of leadership on offer, the company’s financial position and plans for the future. Ask if you will be required to work autonomously or closely within a team, and decide if this style of working suits you.
4. Career progression
A key indicator of job satisfaction is the opportunity for growth. Ensure the job has clear prospects for career development. You can do this by asking if the employer provides a professional training and development program.
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Consider the following key factors when deciding if a job will suit you:
- Your personality and skills
- Salary and conditions
- Company profile and culture
- Career progression