Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet. Robert Schuller
It is possible to find meaning in your career, no matter what it is that you are doing. It is about connecting with the bigger purpose of your role and knowing and understanding your strengths and values. Take time to notice all of what you do. How do you utilise your strengths and values in your role and also in your activities out of work?
Character strengths are the qualities that come naturally to us. Each of us possess all of the 24 character strengths in different degrees which gives each of us a unique profile. When we are aware of our strengths we can ensure we are using these to improve our life and thrive at work. The VIA Character Strength Survey is a free, science based survey which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Building meaningful careers
A technique called job crafting, coined by psychologists Amy Wrzesniewski and Jane E Dutton, can be helpful to focus you on what is meaningful for you in your current role. It is a process of commencing or stopping tasks to adjust your day to day role. It may include volunteering to take on tasks that are not in your role description but you are interested in performing.
Relational crafting is the process to create relationships at work and changing who you spend your time with. You may like to spend time with new team members assisting them to find their way around the new job or you may like to reach out to other team members to understand their roles.
Cognitive crafting is how you change the way you think about your role. Take time to consider what you are doing and how it is affecting others. Do you notice the impact you are making on your colleagues?