Protip – define what you expect your working life to be
A few days ago I revisited one of my professional profiles and I stumbled upon a small text I wrote several years ago in a category called “wants”. It still fits my expectations today.
..and it was eye opening to read it.
I want to be able to contribute my ideas, to share them and to blend them with the ideas of others. I want to have an effect on the things I work on and on the people I work with. I want to be responsible for the things I do and I want the chance to prove myself. I want to strive for a common purpose. I want to be a part of a team and a vision and I want to take pride in what we’re doing. I want to share what I know and to improve myself from what I can learn from others. I want to get my hands dirty – regularly and whenever necessary. I want to work on eye level with people of all hierarchies. I want to have an open communication in all directions. I want work to feel as fun as it actually can be.
Basically it isn’t about the job itself but about its environment. How I want to work with my colleagues around, above and below me. What I expect from my work in terms of impact. It’s qualitative aspects only.
Revisiting such a text from time to time can have several effects. It could make you realize that you love your job. It could make you realize that you’re not the person you expect others to be or that you don’t work in an environment you would want to.
I wrote these few sentences several years ago and they happen to be as accurate now as they have been in the first place and they are a good indicator if in doubt. They tell me whether to change a job, change myself or if there is no need to change at all.