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The Career Fulfilment Framework

Are you completely satisfied with your career? Most people aren't, but it isn't a hopeless cause. The Career Fulfilment Framework is a system that you can use to identify the areas of your career that need work. The framework will then then guide you through the improvement process so that you can achieve your ultimate career nirvana. ~ Pop Your Career

If you subscribe to my weekly newsletter, The Hump Day Digest, then you will know that I have been working on a new project that will allow me to serve you better, on your journey to feeling fulfilled in your career.

The Career Fulfilment Framework is based on years of reflection, study and talking to my clients about their career goals. This has allowed me to delve deep into the elements that contribute to fulfilment and consider how each of these elements (or pillars as I call them) can be tweaked, massaged and adapted to achieve employment nirvana. In this post, I am sharing an overview of The Career Fulfilment Framework and in coming weeks I will be going deep with each of the stages and pillars to talk about how you can ensure that you are completely aligned with your career goals.

The Career Fulfilment Framework is based on years of reflection, study and talking to my clients about their career goals. This has allowed me to delve deep into the elements that contribute to fulfilment and consider how each of these elements (or pillars as I call them) can be tweaked, massaged and adapted to achieve employment nirvana. In this post, I am sharing an overview of The Career Fulfilment Framework and in coming weeks I will be going deep with each of the stages and pillars to talk about how you can ensure that you are completely aligned with your career goals.

The Career Fulfilment Framework is organised into three stages, each with three pillars that support your journey. You may find that you need to put work into all of the pillars, or perhaps just a few. As I roll out more and more details, we will also talk about how you will know which pillars need your attention, but for now, let’s jump straight into exploring the basics of The Career Fulfilment Framework!

Stage 1 - The Foundation (You)

You can’t build a house without solid foundations and similarly, you need strong foundations to achieve career fulfilment. Stage 1 is all about doing the internal work and although that can be tough, it is an integral part of achieving your career goals.

Pillar 1: Your Health

Believe it or not, your health is a huge part of being happy and satisfied in your work. If you don’t take care of yourself physically, you will find it difficult to effectively manage challenges and to really show up when it counts. Prioritising your health isn’t difficult, but it is often the first thing we give up when we are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, overworked or anxious. This is why it pays to put plans in place to ensure that your health doesn’t take the backseat – think of it as a preventative measure.

Pillar 2: Your Mindset

Just like your physical health, it is important that you take care of your mind and your mindset. You can work your tail off and strive towards your goals as much as you please, but if you have an unhealthy mindset, you won’t get very far. I could go as far as saying that whatever you put out to the universe, you attract, but if that doesn’t resonate with you just think about how much a bad mood or attitude can set you off track.

Pillar 3: Your Productivity and Systems

Productivity and systems? How does that contribute to your career fulfilment? Well, you need to make time and space for it. This includes incorporating routines into your life to reduce decision fatigue and to create pockets of time (and freedom!) to work on your career. In Pillar 3, we consider systems and productivity tools that you can use both at work and at home, to make your dream career a reality.

Are you completely satisfied with your career? Most people aren't, but it isn't a hopeless cause. The Career Fulfilment Framework is a system that you can use to identify the areas of your career that need work. The framework will then then guide you through the improvement process so that you can achieve your ultimate career nirvana. ~ Pop Your Career

Stage 2 - Your Job (Work)

Stage 2 is all about your job. It considers your current role, but also the type of work you do, and the industry you work in. In Stage 2, a lot of people believe that they just need to accept what is, and that they are powerless to change. This feeling of powerlessness can create a feeling of dissatisfaction, which is often the catalyst for people leaving their roles prematurely.

I’d be a fool to say that you can improve all of the pillars in Stage 2 on your own, but I fully believe in exploring your options and attempting to make the most of your situation before making the decision to move on. If a new job is what it is going to take though, then best believe I will support you through the process of identifying the right role for you, and then going out and securing it.

Pillar 4: Environment

The environment is where you work. This could include the physical location, the style of working environment and your comfort level. Environment is sometimes tricky, but there are ways to create change where it is needed, whether that be in the environment itself, or your mindset – the stock you have in making your environment perfect.

Pillar 5: Team and Culture

Pillar 5 is your team and culture and this is so incredibly important to career fulfilment. I know myself that I want to work with people who bring out the best in me. People who have similar values and who are willing to strive towards common goals. Above all, I love working with people who know how to have fun. The company culture is similar. We all want to work for a company that has a positive, healthy culture, not one where people are nasty or backstab each other. A company that also shares similar values and supports your ongoing needs as a valued employee.

Pillar 6: Empowerment

Empowerment is an inherent desire for a lot of us. We want to feel empowered in the workplace, to make decisions, take ownership of our work, grow confidence and have control of our career direction. Although difficult to measure, empowerment is often the opposite of micro-management or mistrust. The real trick to empowerment is that you have to earn it. You need to prove that you are interested in the success of the organisation, you can take accountability for results and you will not misuse any additional responsibility or authority you earn through the empowerment process.

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Stage 3 - The Results (Reward)

Stage 3 is all about the rewards and this is usually where most people focus their attention when it comes to job satisfaction or career fulfilment. There’s nothing wrong with that – the pillars in Stage 3 do need to be addressed. I just usually find that work needs to be done in the other stages first, especially for those of us who are chasing those fulfilling feels, not just the next buck.

Pillar 7: Salary and Benefits

Your salary is often a significant contributor to how fulfilled you feel. You want to know that you are being paid fairly for the work you do and that you are not being taken advantage of. Nobody enjoys that feeling. But salary isn’t the only benefit you can receive for working, and I find this is where most people need to open their minds. I have spoken before about negotiating extra leave instead of a pay rise. I have also negotiated reduced working hours. Other benefits could include allowances, flexible working conditions, a company vehicle, paid development opportunities or a range of other things. In this pillar we explore what is most important to you and your overall happiness.

Pillar 8: Expertise

Pillar 8 is your expertise. This relates to your growth and development with your employer, confidence that there is a path for you to follow (whether with your current employer or within the industry you work) and that you are adequately challenged. The level of challenge required can vary from person to person, but I have worked with a lot of clients who get paid well and have great benefits, but feel a lack of fulfilment due to how easy the work is. Where there is not enough challenge, you will feel bored and over time, unsatisfied.

Pillar 9: Passion and Desire

The final pillar is all about the feels. This is the pillar that came up the most in the comments I received from my recent career fulfilment survey. Some of the comments included “meaningful work”, “work that I am passionate about”, “helping others”, “doing something I feel is purposeful”, “making a difference” and “feeling like I am contributing”. Whether you are called to help others or your passion comes solely from your desire to do work that you enjoy, it doesn’t really matter. In Pillar 9 we explore your passions and ensure that are aligned in the work you do!

So, that’s it my friends! A first look at my Career Fulfilment Framework. Is it obvious to you which pillars you need to work on as a priority? Jump into the comments section and let’s talk about it!

Becca xo

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Last week I had my astrological birth chart done to explore what is in store for my career in 2017 and beyond. I know this sort of thing isn’t for everyone and it varies from the usual information I provide at Pop Your Career, but I have been getting to know a few of you through my email list and I know that there are quite a few readers out there who appreciate looking at things in a different light.

If this sort of thing isn’t for you, that’s cool. My next post will be back to providing you with super practical advice about improving your resume, but if you are intrigued by the idea of using astrology to guide your career or business, then read on. I’ll tell you all about it!

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How my values affect my career and business

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The Art of Managing a Team

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But as I mentioned, managing a team can also be rewarding. Personally, I get a huge rush from helping people discover and maximise their strengths and this is one of the greatest rewards that I have taken from team management. One of the greatest difficulties I experienced was balancing the needs of my team with the needs of the organisation and this has prompted me to share my top tips for managing a team, with emphasis on both success and your own happiness.

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Want to get a promotion? Here’s how!

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Are you hoping to get a promotion? One thing that really annoys me is the belief that promotions should go to the longest serving member of staff. It is a bit of an old-fashioned belief, but it is one that leads certain people to think that they are deserving of that next rung on the ladder, whether they have put in the work or not.

You know me, I am not one to mince my words when it comes to that sort of stuff. Sometimes the guy or gal who has been with the company the longest is not the right choice. Regardless of how long you have been with your employer, if you see a promotion at any stage in your future, I would suggest that you start working towards it now. Demonstrate that you are interested in new opportunities using these thoughtful tips:

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In this post I am exploring a few different ways that you can lift your colleagues, the positive impacts that this can have on your organisation and the ways in which you can use these changes to advance your own career.

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How to fall back in love with your job

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If this sounds like you, then you need to read on. I am telling you now in no uncertain terms. Living that life is no way to live. Holding onto so much negativity, anxiety and dread towards your job is not doing you any favours. It is both physically and mentally unhealthy for you to feel so battered and defeated by your role.

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9 Ways to Finance Your Study Goals (Without going into debt!)

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I know what it is like. A course or training program has caught your eye, but your bank balance is convinced it is not an option. You might be tempted to reach for your credit card, but what if I told you that you didn't have to rack up credit card debt in order to fund your study goals? Committing to your own professional development is a positive move, but as a woman in her early thirties who is still paying off debt from mistakes in my twenties, I am no advocate for the quick fix. Put your credit card back in your wallet and check out these ideas.

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What is your why? (& Why you should know)

What is your why? Have you ever stopped to think about it? Define your purpose and use it to craft your dream career! ~ Pop Your Career

What is your why? This is a question that is kicking around a lot on the internet at the moment. I am seeing loads of small business owners and entrepreneurs talking about this topic in the sense of getting clear about why they started and continued to work in their own businesses. I think it is wonderful that this question is so in vogue and that people are reaching within to think about their core purpose when it comes to business ownership, as it is a question I like to explore with my coaching clients. That's right - you don't need to own a business to have a "why"!

Throughout my career, I have done a lot of work with individuals and companies about defining their purpose. You might be thinking that sounds strange, after all, most business' purpose would be to make money. Right? Well, actually that is not so. This question and its answers actually run a lot deeper than that and to illustrate this, I am going deeper too. In this post, not only will I talk about how to discover your purpose, but I am providing some insight into mine - both for me personally and for Pop Your Career!

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6 Reasons You Should Hire a Career Coach

Have you ever considered hiring a Career Coach? Do you even know what a Career Coach does? Check out this post for reasons we should connect!

Whenever you meet someone for the first time, you know this is inevitable. Within the first few minutes of your conversation, someone will ask "what do you do for work?" When this happens to me, of course I explain that I am a Career Coach and a lot of the time this is met with confused faces and one of these follow-up questions: "What is a Career Coach?" or "Why should I hire a Career Coach?"

Recently I have taken a little bit of a break from my business and by taking a step back I actually opened up my mind to a new flow of ideas. One thing that occurred to me is that maybe YOU have been asking yourself these questions about career coaching too! That's when I decided to write this post and provide you with 6 great reasons that you should consider working with a Career Coach.

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