When asked about your particular job and career choice, it's likely that you respond with one or two of these statements:
"It's a great place to work" (culture)
"The guy I'll be working for seems really nice" (command)
"The people are fun" (comrades)
"The pay is really good" (compensation)
"I'll get to do what I want" (contribution)
But Pay Attention to This
The problem is that just one or two of these criteria are typically not
enough to keep us excited about our choice. We soon we find ourselves
not enjoying our work. Although we love the pay maybe the
boss is difficult; or, we’re not getting to do the tasks we enjoy; or,
something else we overlooked is now an issue.
You can avoid this problem by thinking about 5 C's of your
career at the outset. Here are some questions to consider:
what kind of company do I want to work? - Large or small? Public or
privately owned? Nurturing environment or "sweat shop? Fun or serious?
what type of boss/supervisor would I like to work? Warm and friendly or
distant? Micro-manager or hands off? Dictator or leader?
With whom do I want to work? Team players or mavericks? Highly social or indifferent? Helpful and supportive? Shared work ethic?
would I like my financial package and other benefits to be? How much
money do I want to make? Do I want professional growth and development?
Would I like to work on a commission basis? How important is
recognition to me?
would I like to give in my work? Do I need to make a difference in the
world? Do I need to express myself creatively? Do I need to take on a
lot of responsibility? Do I want to lead or manage people?
The 5 C'sraise your awareness and ultimately improve your job
satisfaction, because you're more likely to be doing and experiencing
what you love, than taking what you can get.
Although you can't control all these aspects of your career nor the
people in it, being clear will help you ask better questions and do
better research as you evaluate your career. The key is in getting the
most you can, and also agreeing with yourself that what you are able to
get is what you truly want.
Career Leadership for Managers
Managers: Use this list as a conversation starter with job candidates or direct reports. Sometimes it's tough to get the discussion rolling. These are the kinds of questions thatyour people hope you will ask. And, they'll lead to a deeper understanding of the folks on your team.
This could be an effective step toward becoming known as aCareer Leaderin your organization.