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We’ve always said that “you gotta love what you do”!! You should be looking for a job that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning. Over the years of working with thousands of employees at every level in an organization, those who are the happiest have created their ideal job and sought out continuous learning, growing and self-improvement along the way.

According to a State of the Global Workplace 2023 Report by Gallup, 85% of people are dissatisfied with their jobs. It’s not just the hours, work-life balance or workplace location that leaves workers dissatisfied, what really matters is how they experience work.

What you should be seeking is your next adventure. You’re not alone if you feel that you aren’t in your dream job. By tying yourself to a job where you may not be happy, you’re giving up --instead of being an advocate for your own happiness. Maybe you had good managers who helped you define your career path, recognized your great work and presented opportunities for your growth, but unfortunately most of us have to figure it out by ourselves. So how do you begin the next adventure? It starts with asking yourself four key questions:

1. What are you good at?

2. What do people tell you that you’re good at (including your manager)?

3. What’s holding you back?

4. What are some things you can do to knock down those career blocks?

Once you define these you need to assess your current situation. Are there opportunities for you to grow in your current role? If so, maybe you can identify a role that’s needed and apply. Or, are you in a “wait and see mode” trying to figure out what the recent acquisition of a company may bring? In either of these situations, you’re still in charge. You create your own work experience. Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge and accept accountability for your life – you’re better than you may think!

This is all part of being adventurous in your career! It’s knowing when to grow and develop in your role and when to ask for what you want. If you and your manager are aligned and you’ve discussed your career growth, most will become an active advocate for you.

If you think you’re ready for a promotion, think about how you want your role to change. This requires some strategic thinking about how to help yourself while aligning your interests with those of your organization. If you have the desire to lead a team, but don’t see that role at your current employer, what do you do? Network with colleagues, attend business events and build your brand. If you haven’t updated your LinkedIn profile recently, you should.

There are no magic formulas for experiencing an adventurous career and having job satisfaction. It will take work, but you like others, can find your true path.

For more information on how we can help you with your career development needs, please contact The Bradley Partnerships, Inc. To learn more about our service offerings, please go to our website at or contact our office at: 724-799-8170.

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