The other day, I was chatting with some friends, weighing the pros and cons of our current jobs--a fairly normal topic of conversation for 20-something working girls, I'd say.
Are we truly happy? Are we following our passions? Are we finding value and joy in the careers we have chosen? Should we go back to school? Should we ask for a raise?
For some, these questions remain unanswered--which, to be fair, is completely understandable for this time in our lives. I mean, it's hard enough to remember the items on our to-do list, let alone deeply reflect on our chosen life path, right?
Nonetheless, this conversation put a lot of things in perspective and made me evaluate my current status as a working girl. As I've mentioned before, I am hoping for lots of exciting changes this year. And with that comes the opportunity to look inward at my career path and answer some of those questions.
Where do my passions lie? What do I excel at? Where can I improve? Am I the happiest version of myself? Where will I be in five, 10, 20 years?
Obviously, there are a few things I must consider:
- I'm extremely passionate about social media.
- I love technology.
- I'm a good writer.
- I'm slightly obsessed with AP style and grammar.
- I enjoy a flexible work schedule.
- I like telecommuting, when possible.
- I must have good benefits, including a 401(k) and health insurance.
- I like being challenged in my career.
- I thrive on a busy workload.
- I need to know that there are opportunities for upward movement.
- I like having a fancy coffee machine in the office.
- I need a parking spot (preferably a free one).
- I like a hefty paycheck.
And while I don't yet have the answers to the aforementioned questions, I am now starting to come to terms that these are the kinds of things I need to address--especially before the job hunt takes full swing.
So for now, I leave you with one last thought.
What are your career pros and cons? Are you the happiest version of yourself? If not, what will it take to get there?