When I Grow Up, I Want To Be An Idealist.
Other than Charlie Rose, we don't know many people who can say they were driven by values when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. It's possible that even now, while immersed in your service and dreading the not-so-far away corps graduation date, your focus is on a title or position rather than the values most important to you.
To start thinking about the values you need for work satisfaction, ask yourself these questions*:
1. What will you miss about your role with City Year? Why?
2. When was a time you were really energized by work you did? Why?
3. What was your "best job ever"? What's your "dream job"? Why?
4. What value would you not compromise in a job? Why?
By answering these questions, you'll be able to start outlining what will lead you to career satisfaction and motivation. Share these answers with a mentor, boss, or even a teammate. They may be able to start leading you to roles and organizations that fit your values.
When you let your values guide you to your next steps, you are presenting yourself as a good candidate for a position. You won't be trying to fit into a role that isn't you and you'll be able to better articulate why you should get the job.
There are countless resources out there to help you find your next step, but it's important for you to answer a few questions from within before you start your search. You can find some suggested resources on career exploration and value-finding here.
LACY Habit #5: Focus less on what you want to do, more on who you want to be.
TEACH: A National Screening for the City Year network
February 15-25, 2015
Click here for access to the online screening
After watching the film, join four of the starring teachers and City Year champions (including Rob Barnett, Seattle '10!) for a discussion on how a career in education can impact student lives. All are welcome.
Visit bit.ly/CYTEACH to register for the discussion.