Is Your Career Going in the Right Direction?

Is Your Career Going in the Right DirectionAs a recruitment consultant you meet people who are looking to move jobs all the time. A common concern is whether the persons career is going in the right direction? Laurel Donnelan in her continuing series provides in this blog post a check list which you can use to see if your career is going in the right direction:

“My work often introduces me to people who are miserable in their job and my great privilege is to help them forge a new path. I also have had the opportunity to meet and interview many people who love what they do as part of my research and find that although there are many unique elements to their stories, they also have many things in common.

The list below is a summary of those things people who have enjoyed sustainable career satisfaction, have reported. In assessing whether or not you are on the path to career fulfilment, see how many of this list of ten things you can check off

Career Direction Check List

  1. When you are at work, you often lose track of time instead of watching the clock.
  2. You enjoy reading your trade publications or other information about your field.
  3. You can imagine a positive future in your career.
  4. You have colleagues at your job or in the same field who you respect and admire.
  5. Either you are doing your dream work currently or the work you are doing now is a necessary step in creating dream work.
  6. Your loved ones, including the young people in your life, know what you do and have a sense you love it.
  7. You don’t cringe when people ask you what you do. You enjoy talking about your work.
  8. You know what you love to do.
  9. You are willing to take risks to do what you love.
  10. You have a sense that no matter how long you are on this career track you have more to learn and master and that prospect is exciting to you.

Ideally, you can identify with most of the list but most people will find that there are very few things they resonate with.  If that is the case for you, you may be ready for a change in course.

Create A New Career Path

The good news is that the sooner you work on creating a new path the more likely it is you will have more career satisfaction the future, here are a few suggestions for next steps:

  1. Seek out people who love their work and learn from their experience in how they found “thing”
  2. Begin researching projects, jobs and educational opportunities that will expose you up to new fields.
  3. Watch movies or read books about people who found and followed a calling such as the documentary Sketches of Frank Ghery “


Laurel Donnellan
CEO and Founder, Bright Livelihoods


Laurel has 30 years of experience as a leader, educator and coach and has degrees from Cornell and Columbia. To learn more about the Bright Livelihoods community, go to To request a private half-hour coaching session, e-mail us at 


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