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Sep 2, 2022


Written by

Dr.Vivekananth Padmanabhan , HOD IT.

Can I tell you an interesting fact?

Recent statistics show that 93% of employees are not happy with their jobs.

Imagine waking up every morning despising your fate because you work in a meaningless and unfulfilling job. There are many people who feel that way each and every morning.

Where did it all go wrong?

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The answer is failure to choose a suitable career based on a multifaceted systematic approach.

Career selection is one of the most critical decisions in your life. You are going to spend 30 to 40 years of your life in your job. Is it not pivotal to choose the one you are passionate about?

One of the most common career errors is focusing solely on income potential. When choosing a job or a career, there are factors beyond pay and benefits to consider. People sometimes ignore other factors of a job, such as their interests, passions, growth prospects, and quality of life.

Your career defines your identity as an expression of yourself. It is not just a means to earn money.

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 I believe one’s career choice is a major vehicle for expressing one’s unique personality. It’s an extension of who you really are that you bring to work with you every day. The opposite is true for people who choose the wrong job path, which can be devastating.

What is the solution to the problem?

Don’t trust your instincts or select your career based solely on particular criteria like market demand or income potential.

Follow a systematic, multifaceted approach such as flower exercise.

The Flower exercise requires you to examine yourself from seven different perspectives: compatibility with others; workplace conditions; skills; purpose; knowledge; money; and location.

Petal #1: People Compatibility

The purpose of this survey is to identify the characteristics of co-workers and external contacts that you find most and least enjoyable to work with. The people you spend the most time with have a significant impact on your energy levels.

For example: if you are a person who would like to work alone and not as a team, you could say that I would like to be a freelance financial consultant.

Petal #2: Working Conditions:

The goal of this phase is to figure out what kind of conditions and locations you prefer to work in.

For example, you could say that I love to work in an air-conditioned room without much noise.

Petal#3: Capabilities

The purpose of this petal is to determine your preferred skills. These skills should be transferable to any field, and they are likely tied to your innate talents and abilities. It is more vital to mention abilities that you enjoy utilizing than ones that you are proficient at.

For example, you may be good at designing, and that skill can be transferable to fields such as civil engineering or multimedia.

Petal #4: Purpose

Finding your life’s purpose is the focus of this petal. You’ll give some thought to your morals and belief systems.

The petal will be a description of what facets of the world you want to improve and some details about those facets. Be specific.

For example: Improve the lives of people in old age homes.

 Petal# 5: Knowledge

This petal’s goal is to determine what knowledge you currently possess that most excite you. You can also include a list of what you’d like to know if you want. This will assist you in determining which fields or industries you might be interested in working in.

For example, you have the knowledge of framing a clear logical argument, which will help you in a profession like law.

  Petal # 6: Money

Determine how much money you want to make from your job.

Both money and happiness are important, and they are connected. According to studies, people who made less money were unhappier than those who made more. However, it was reported that once people earned more than a sufficient amount of money, their life satisfaction increased while their happiness remained constant. As a result, this petal is extra-connected to all the other petals, particularly those related to your happiness.

For example, you could say that I would like to earn $50 a day, which would help me to live a comfortable life.

 Petal #7: Location

Which country do you want to live in and why? It could be due to a variety of factors, such as living standards, climate, or diversity.

For example, one would prefer to work in the United Kingdom for the standard of living and the diversity of its people.

Career selection is a critical process and you need to follow a systematic approach.

Are you going to be among the 93% of people who hate their job or the remaining 7% who have a passion for their careers?

You have a choice.

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