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Time to quit your job and find a new one with a sense of purpose?

by Lindsey Nathan on 17 January 2018 12:55pm : 696

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It’s that time of year when many of us evaluate our lives, set goals for the year ahead and vow to find balance in our busy schedules. For some this means leaving the job that makes them unhappy in search of something new and fulfilling.

The start of a New Year and a fresh outlook on the months ahead mean those working Brits, dissatisfied with their jobs, are most likely to quit on 31st January than any other day of the year, according to research.

New Year, New You

Ideally, your work gives you more energy than it takes from you; if yours doesn’t then maybe it’s time to pen your resignation letter and look for meaningful work that leaves you with a sense of satisfaction.

More and more of us are looking for opportunities to do more than make money and to find work that speaks to a greater ambition to help make the world a better place. Half of millennials (the generation of people born between the early 1980s and 1990s) would give up part of their salary to work for a cause near and dear to their heart and the majority (90 percent) want to use their skills for good.

Does your job make you smile?

Many of us go into autopilot during the working day and don’t reflect on whether what we do makes us feel good. We probably wouldn’t be able to function if our autopilot didn’t kick in to get us through the day, but every now and again it’s good to step back and ask ourselves whether the time that we spend working gives us a sense of purpose. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you’re looking for new horizons:

  • What impact do I want to have?
  • What impact did I have in past jobs?
  • Do I have to see daily results from my work?
  • Do I need to have a personal relationship with the people that I’m helping?

Lindsey’s story

I’ve asked myself these questions in the past, which led me to leave my office job in London and set up my own live-in care agency and then go on to launch Close to Hand. I’ve been working in the service industry for many years now and love what I do. I founded Close to Hand so that I could help promote independence amongst our older generation and bring back a sense of community spirit.

Our Home Helpers often write in their profiles that they want to ‘give something back’ and to have local work with a sense of purpose. And you don’t have to be looking for a new job to join our community, as many register with us to supplement an income or they already have full time jobs but want to volunteer in their spare time.

The last word

Whatever it is that brings you alive, aim to do that. For in the end, as economist James Collins, puts it: “It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.”

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