Career choices, occupational wellbeing, work-life balance, planning, career goals.
At times as a career counselor or individual we see many people like our clients or in our know complaining about their occupational environment, workplace stress, work they do, unable to manage work-life balance or the financial aspect, there is ‘N’ number of reasons for it as to why people are not satisfied with their current careers. While listening to these I always remember my rollercoaster journey of career selection and how I landed up in a career where I now feel content and motivated to grow.
I was just like other kids and had an interest in many things. At times I wanted to be a chief or other times wanted to join the civil service or become a psychologist. Each field was equally interesting and inspiring to me. So with the baggage of confusion and questions, I visited a career counselor and I still remember the day as it made me realize that selecting a career is not only about the work or the income but is also about living the career for the next 40 years, which will become my lifestyle inadvertently. Feeling passionate about it every day, feeling satisfied and happy about the work I do, the environment and people around me, and my ability to regulate work-life balance give me satisfaction and contentment. In short, finding and living occupational well-being. So what does occupational well-being mean?
The word “occupational well being” refers to feeling good about the work you do and living a productive life. It is inclusive of preparing or using skills to gain happiness, satisfaction and building positive relationships with colleagues, managing workplace stress, and ascertaining whether your career choice stimulates and inspires you.
Let’s understand occupational wellbeing and how it is interrelated with career choices.
We see many professional switching careers in search of occupational well being. Researchers have found that career choices & occupational well being are highly linked. If someone has made the right choice regarding their career, they will automatically be satisfied and content in their work life and rather than being influenced by other options they might choose to stick to their career and grow even in face of hardships.
Many studies have shown that there is a significant relationship between the wellbeing of the workforce and levels of productivity. People who enjoy their work have a greater sense of meaning and purpose in life.
Roadmap for achieving occupational well being through career planning
Building a career is a continuous and self exploring journey which occurs through learning, work and other aspects of life.
To get a solution to any problem, first we need to understand the problem and the gap between the solution and the problem. Likewise, in solving career related problems we need to focus on the current state and the goal that we want to reach and various means through which we can bridge the gap. Therefore, introspecting about self interests, principles, skills and preferences is a must while shortlisting job roles and work places. This not only guides you to land up into the best fit career and work environment but also helps you to be prepared and planned for alternative career solutions in case of any bad luck.
Be it choosing a major, applying to graduate schools or searching for a job, whe