Imagine you learn of a wonderful job. You want to go after it.
But it happens to be in a windowless office. And you’re someone who needs natural light like you need air and water.
Or the job requires travel. You know you wouldn’t function well with this, but you try to talk yourself into pursuing the job anyway.
Not gonna work.
You may not think to consider your working environment as you plan your career. This involves not just your physical environment but the people and cultural environments of an organization as well.
Think now about what kind of environment you need to be happiest in your work. Here are some questions for you to think and write about:
- Would you be happiest working outdoors? Indoors? How much natural light do you need?
- Would you like to work from home?
- Do you want to work in one building or get out and about?
- Would you like to settle in at a desk or move around a lot?
- Would working with a lot of people make you happy, or with a few? Do you want to work alone?
- Do you want to constantly be interacting with new people or mostly work around people you know?
- Do you want to work with children? Teens? Adults? Seniors?
- Would you work best independently or as part of a team?
Organizational Culture Factors
- Would you like to work for a non-profit? For a business? For yourself?
- Do you want your co-workers to be an important part of your social life?
- Would you work best for an organization that places a high value on family and personal commitments?
- Would you thrive in a high-stakes environment that requires a deep commitment of your time and energy?
As you work with these questions, pay attention to your non-negotiables. Your answers may lead you to consider new possibilities or take some ideas off your list.
Just be true to yourself.