University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Are You in the Right Job?

By Rosie Barry

Thinking about your current situation at work is an important step in developing your career. Only by assessing how things are now can you begin to make plans for the future.

First, look at the work itself. Do you enjoy the majority of your day-to-day responsibilities? Do you use many of your skills? Is the work in line with your personal values?

Next take a look at your work environment. Is it physically comfortable? Is the culture of the unit positive for you? Do you have a good working relationship with your co-workers and supervisor? Is there an opportunity for you to grow?

Take a moment to make a list of all the things that you like about your current job. What provides a positive challenge for you? What parts of the job are fun?

Then consider things that you don't like about your current job. Are there responsibilities that you like to avoid? Are there situations that sap your energy? How often do parts of the job feel like really hard work?

After looking at the situation from these perspectives, you may be ready to decide what is the next best step. It might be to stay at the current job and develop new skills within that job. Or you may decide to change jobs or careers. Looking at what works and what doesn't work is an important part of that decision.