Job Satisfaction - Are You Looking in the Right Place? (Part 2)

In last week’s post, I touched on the subject of job satisfaction and why having two careers can lead to fulfilment and a deeper sense of purpose. I mentioned the co-founders of the Wild at Heart Foundation, Nikky Tibbles and Nadine Kayser, who demonstrate this so well.

In my opinion, fulfilment comes from being involved in something that is creative or contributing to society beyond the realms of making a salary (preferably both). But there’s definitely an art to this two-career approach and I know a lot of people would feel overwhelmed by the idea.

Sometimes it can be hard to feel fulfilled when you’re trying to juggle a family, career and aging parents. Getting through each day can be a challenge in itself.

And at times you might feel that you’re having a midlife work crisis.

But I’ve got an alternative way of looking at things that you might find useful.

There are three key phases in your career.

The first decade is a learning phase where you’re finding your career path, learning skills, and building relationships.

Everything is new and you’re willing to go the extra mile for your career.

The second phase happens around your 30s and 40s. At this point you’ll be honing those skills, building on everything you’ve learned so far and developing your leadership qualities.

Chances are your personal circumstances will have changed too and you’re working harder at balancing your life.

By the time you reach your 50s and 60s you’re entering the third phase of your career and this is where you become an authority in your field.

It’s at this stage that you’ll be sharing your expertise and wisdom. And for the career-driven, ‘passing the torch’ by leading, advising and consulting for organisations.

No matter which stage of your career you’re in, if you’re feeling off-kilter and the future is not looking rosy, it’s probably time for you to get a different perspective.

Those distractions and demands that I mentioned earlier could have taken their toll and comparing yourself to others or even the younger version of you isn’t helpful.

Working through transitions alone can be tough. But if you work with a coach or mentor you’ve got more chance of stepping into your rightful place.

You can read the articles that inspired me in Campaign and ForbesThe three phase career was explained to Karl Moore in an interview with Brian Fetherstonhaugh, Chairman & CEO, OgilvyOne.

Or course I’d love to hear your thoughts on job satisfaction and how you get through transition stages too so do drop me a line!