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Considerations for Career Criteria

There are three key considerations that you should have at the forefront of your mind when considering your career choices:

  1. Values

  2. Strengths

  3. Career Criteria

If you design your career around these things, you will feel more valued and happier.

Start by asking yourself, what do you want from work?

List of things important to you about the work you do:

◦ What

◦ When

◦ Where

You can use this as a guide for decisions you make about your career. This is not about job titles, it is much broader. Really question yourself, think about those things that are long lasting.

What are your career “must haves” vs. “nice to haves”?

For example if you have young children, you may want a job to enable you to see them.

List out what you want and divide into “must haves” (typically 3-4) and what is “nice to haves”. Keep hold of the “must have” stuff and don’t trade it off. Ensure choices don’t conflict with your “must haves”.

I find it useful to share these with others, for example, partners, friends or trusted colleagues. These people then act as your accountability partner. They can keep you in check when you might think about compromising your “must haves” when being presented with career options.

Also consider drawing or writing down a personal success statement

“Success in my career means to me…”

The statement should be meaning and motivating to YOU, and should remind you of what you want to work to be.

Mine is “things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out”

You should also consider what might be blocking you for reaching your success.

I want (Goal and ambition)


But (obstacle)

This will help you focus on what might be getting int the way of your career criteria and be realistic about if the obstacles can be overcome. For example a few years ago I wanted to work a 3 day week because I was a new mum but I didn’t want to squeeze 5 days into 3 days or put pressure on my team. This fear of letting others down could have acted as an obstacle in achieving full career satisfaction.

Once you are aware of all of these areas it will make you more confident in the career conversations you have.

“This is what I want to do…because…but…”

Each time you are considering your career choices and options, your should start with these questions:

Are my strengths going to be use?

Will it align to my values?

What actions do you need to take?

Don’t forget that your commitment creates commitment and that your development is in your hands!

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