In November 2019, I wrote about designing a personal work mug that reflects everything about you to help you to discover suitable career options that best suit your personality. (Do spend time to read this blog as it will help your understanding of this month’s topic.) This month I am going to write about what to do when cracks start to form in your personal work mug, and you are beginning to dislike your life at work as it no longer suits you.
Jobs that do not suit your personality
Cracks will start to form in your mug when you are in a job that does not match your work mug design and therefore does not suit your personality. As written in my November blog, you want to find a job that uses your most enjoyable skills in a field based on your favourite subjects. The design of your personal work mug is crucial as it reflects these things about you.
When cracks start to form, it can be miserable. No one wants to drink from a cracked work mug but, unfortunately, these cracks will not mend themselves and can keep on forming if you don’t do anything about it, making work extremely stressful.
Reality check – does your current role suit you?
Take some time now to review the design of your personal work mug. Compare your personality (the skills, interests and knowledge you wish to use and environments that suit you) to your current role. What is missing from your current role that is included on your personal mug design? Does your current role match your skills? Does it include your interests? Is the working environment one where you can be at your best?
From this information, you can establish whether your current role suits your personality or whether there are any discrepancies. If there are discrepancies, work out whether it is the content of your current job or the working environment that is not suiting you? It may be a mixture of both.
If it is the working environment that you are struggling with, first decide whether the issues you face can be resolved. Perhaps you find you are happy with your day to day role but are struggling with team management. Does anyone at work know what you are having difficulties with and can anyone help you? Would a different role within the same company suit you? Alternatively, is it an option for you to look for a similar job within a different company or industry?
If it is the content of the job that is not suiting you, you will want to consider alternative jobs or career options. Perhaps you already have some ideas. Perhaps you want to concentrate on your interests more. Perhaps you want a complete career change.
These are all areas to consider as you work out what is your best next step in your job search as you identify what is missing from your current job and explore different ideas that will best suit your personality. Make sure you review all these areas to prevent future cracks appearing in your work mug.
If you are considering a career change, do read my career change help sheet for further guidance.