A major factor in whether you have a fulfilling career is how well your job and workplace match your personality and working style; if you like what you do and where you do it, you’ll get more out of the work, and you’ll likely have more success.
Until you already have the job, though, it can be hard to know how if you’ll like it. Is it possible to avoid a bad match? It is, and from any point in your career. You’ll want to put your own feelings and experience into it, too, but you can use these tips to guide you.
People either new to the workforce or starting fresh, like after a graduation, don’t have much to go on when thinking about their ideal workplace, but there are still things that you can do:
You can explore different kinds of work and work environments by volunteering or taking internships or going on job shadows. Treat those opportunities like regular jobs, and you’ll quickly see how you’ll do once you have one.
If you’re ready for a new challenge, need a new job or are going back into the workforce after some time away, you may know what to look for, but there are other things to consider:
No matter where you are in your career, you’ll want to be comfortable in your workplace and happy with the work you do. Use this advice and these other pieces on GoodProspects to understand how to thrive in your work and build a successful career.