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5 Strategies To Improve Career Happiness and Fulfillment

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We all spend roughly 1/3 of our lives on the job, and while pay and benefits are a big part of the equation there is a lot more to creating an enjoyable and fulfilling working life. Here are 5 strategies to improve career happiness and fulfilment…

Be Enthusiastic

Far too often people base their career options and choices on financial compensation rather than personal interest.  It’s hard to stay enthusiastic about a role when you don’t have an interest or passion in it.

Consider what you would do if the money didn’t matter but also focus on your strengths – where has your praise come from and what projects have turned out well? If you’re working on something you’re good at you’re more likely to be enthusiastic about it and enjoy it.

Serve a bigger purpose

Do work that is meaningful to you and that makes a difference.

See the work you do as making a difference to other people – internally or externally.  Look for purpose in your daily activities and think about what you are contributing to.

Focus on the tasks that make you the happiest and find ways of doing more of them!  You never know where a passion could turn into a career.

Focus on your attitude

It can be difficult when you don’t find happiness in your job to stay positive however staying positive can improve your outlook of the job. It can also assist with your performance and the way you interact with colleagues.

Focus on your attitude towards tasks and projects and evaluate your contribution towards them – reflecting on your efforts and accomplishments will make it easier to see things in a positive light.

Strengthen your network

Working hard for a promotion is sometimes not enough! In many cases finding and getting the right opportunities boils down to who you know.

Each person in your network extends your reach and increases the opportunities available to you. A strong relationship with external recruiters as well as internal colleagues will assist you in expanding your network.

Plan your career

Career happiness is in your hands and it’s the only way your career will grow.

Here are some things you can do to help plan your career:

  • Set goals: you can’t be satisfied if you don’t know what you want. Think about what you want from your career and then create a plan to get there.  Set realistic and small achievable goals to enable you to get to where you want to be.

  • Improve your skills: there are always things you can do to improve your skill set.  Look into courses you can do or go to seminars and training to constantly improve.  Try LinkedIn learning solutions or find an online course through

  • Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for help.  If you don’t find out the answers you will never improve. Most people are happy to assist when given the chance.  


Career fulfillment and happiness are about doing what you love!