26 Jun Achieve Your Goals & Build Occupational Well-being with A Career Roadmap
First of all, what is Occupational Well-being? It is work that is meaningful and rewarding, aligns with your values, provides you with enrichment and personal satisfaction, utilizes your unique talents and skills, and sharpens your personalized, lifelong vision. Occupational well-being revolves around the idea that when your values and goals align with your career, you’ll obtain satisfaction and enrichment through your work. This also aligns very well with the concept of Ikigai, which combines vocation, profession, passion, & mission all in one. When these are combined you’ll be more motivated to complete said tasks, be more productive and find more meaning in your work. When you encourage yourself & your employees to align current tasks & projects with your values & goals, you will see work satisfaction and occupational well-being skyrocket. So how can you accomplish the more practical aspects in the process of building occupational well-being?
Having clarity in how you will accomplish your career goals is important to building occupational well-being. The path to achieving your career goals will be much clearer once you’ve created your own Career Roadmap detailing the steps you need to take, specific milestones you wish to accomplish, and when you plan to take them spanning over several years. To create an achievable career roadmap that’ll not only benefit your career development but boost your motivation and occupational well-being, you need to know yourself and be realistic. If you’re currently a fresh graduate, it’s unrealistic to expect that you’d be at the manager level just a year after finishing university, right? Research the path it takes to achieve the career of your dreams, such as finding out the positions you’ll need to be promoted to accomplish your career goals. Here’s our example of a career map:
Additionally, a career roadmap is important because after all, how can you align your personal values to your career goals to achieve occupational well-being, when said goals aren’t even clear? More practically, a career roadmap is important to direct your path, to track progress and milestones, and to keep you motivated upon reaching smaller targets.
Feedback is an important process in mapping out your career journey. Mentors, Coaches, or Facilitators at learning events can provide you valuable feedback so you can reorient if you have strayed away from the initial path that leads to your goals, or even forge a new one towards a new, more suitable goal.
Mentors impart wisdom, experience, and knowledge, as someone with more experience in the same field that you wish to pursue.
Coaches challenge and motivate, make you think about the actions you wish to take, and ask you how you can solve your problems. They focus on results, goals, and actions.
Facilitators are feedback figures you’ll meet at learning activities or events and are tasked with ensuring a smoothly-run event with a clear process of communication in order to solve problems or understand an issue together. They create structure and guide participation with a focus on creating a quality environment for learning. By signing up for learning events like seminars and workshops, you’ll be able to meet these facilitators and build relationships with them that can last beyond the duration of the workshops.
By having a plan in the form of a career roadmap, and a more experienced figure to ask for feedback from, your path to your career goals should become clearer. Start by beginning to map out the first few steps of your career, and diving into your networks to see who can help you. Stay tuned for tips from us on how to manage the emotional aspects of Occupational Well-being.