Fulfilling Career Definition

Lately, I’ve been giving some thought to what constitutes a Fulfilling Career. How can you define that for yourself? Why not take some reflective time and review your definition. Use this Mind Map to guide your reflection.  Do some journalling or create your own Mind Map; it will help you see how things are interrelated.

There’s an example above:

Once you have your own Mind Map, you can decide whether your current career measures up.

Another approach is found in Frederick Hudson in The Handbook of Coaching where he refers to four Life Chapters that are helpful in assessing one’s career:  Hudson book

  1. Go For It – In this chapter, one is planning, doing and achieving.

  2. Doldrums – After reaching a plateau, one asks “Is this all there is?”

  3. Cocooning – In the Doldrums, we sometimes reach a breaking point that tells us we need go back to the drawing board. In the Cocooning chapter we go back to the fundamentals – our values, visions and beliefs to discover new directions..

  4. Getting Ready – This is the energetic, creative place we come to after cocooning. Often this entails learning new skills and planning for a New Beginning.

If you need some help deciding how to move through these Chapters, you will find the services of a career coach very helpful.

 Coaching Questions to Stimulate Reflection About Your Life & Work

  1. Does your career measure up to your concept of a fulfilling career?
  2. In which Chapter do you find yourself?
  3. Which chapter would you like to be in right now?
  4. What is one action that you could take to improve on your current situation?