What do you want from work?

Turn up your speakers and click PLAY to hear my audio newsletter!

(If you don’t see the audio play button, click here to play.)

Do you know what you want from your career?

I’d like you to stop everything you’re doing right now (other than reading this article). Pause for moment, and think about your job, your career, or if you are between jobs, think about the job you are seeking. As you consider your work, how do you feel? Are you smiling? Are you excited to get up and go to work most days? Are you filled with a sense of passion and satisfaction with the work you do?

If the answer yes, FANTASTIC! And keep reading, because in a world as dynamic as ours, you never know when things may change.

However, if you are like many people I talk with, these questions may leave you feeling sad, angry or discouraged. But we can turn that around. It starts by answering the question, what do you want from your job or career?

When I asked Janice that question, she looked at me, and without missing a beat said, “I have no idea.” Janice and I continued to talk, and I asked her several other questions. As it turns out, Janice had many ideas and answers. She knew many things about the type of work she wanted. The only piece she didn’t have was a label (or job title) . And that is a great place to start.

So let me ask you some of the questions I asked Janice, and see what you discover about what you really want from your job or career.

START by imagining it is 12 months from now, and you now have the kind of job you love.

1. Pretend you just got home from work, how do you feel about your work day?

Are you energized from the work you do? Do you feel challenged, and pleased with the impact you are making? Do you feel content and proud of the work you do? Describe how you feel.

2. Now imagine you are at your place of work. Look around. Where are you?

Is it an office? Are you at home? What kind of workspace do you have? A cubicle? Is it an open floor plan? Are you indoors or outdoors? What is the furniture like? What color are the walls? Are there walls and furniture? How far do you travel to work? How do get there (on foot, by car, bus, train)?

3. Continue to imagine you are at your job. What are your typical interactions at work? What types of people do you work with?

Executives? Consumers? Experts? People like you? People different from you? Do you work alone? As part of a team? Do you lead a team? Is it a large company with lots of people? Or a small family business? Are you answering questions, providing expertise and help to others? Or are you creating something, making something? Perhaps you are solving problems with your hands. Or discussing new ideas or concepts? Are you writing papers or other documents? Are you working closely with industry leaders? Or are you getting the tasks done that need to be done.

4. What activities are part of your typical work day or work week?

Without looking for a job title, describe the activities that fill your day or week. Do you write, draw, program, create, solve, meet? Are you talking with people? Are you doing the same things every day? Or are you doing different things? Be detailed and specific with what you do know.

5. How much money do you need?

Note I said need, not want. This is the number you need to provide for you and your family, to take care of your health, and to enjoy your life. This number varies for each person. Take the time to identify your real number.

When Janice answered these five questions, she had a clear picture of the kind of job and career she wanted. As she compared what she wanted, with what she has right now, she was able to identify her career goals for 2013.

The answers to these five questions will tell you what you want from your work. As you compare your answers to what you have today, in this present moment, you will find your goals. These are the goals that will help you have a satisfying career.

So let me ask you again, what do you want from your job or career? I’d love for you to share your discoveries or questions with me below.


Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>




Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?

I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?

Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?

Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA