Identify Your 3 Must-Haves

By: Lisa Solomon

I recently ran into a friend who started a new role six months ago. She shared with me how one of our past lunch dates had really helped her land this new role. I was obviously thrilled that my advice made a difference, as I love to connect and help people. Even though they may seem small to us, our own experiences and learnings truly are power when shared with others to help them gain new skills, avoid mistakes, or just inspire them to think in new ways.

Change is hard, and when you are trying to figure out what you want to do next in your career, it feels daunting. I have found throughout my career that if I identify my three must-haves in my next role, I find the process so much easier as I have a solid filter through which to consider roles. In my last big career change before starting Atheneum Collective, my top three musts were:

  1. Work with great people. This is the most important must-have for every role I have been in. I have been so fortunate in my career to work with the BEST of the best. If you are going to spend most of your waking hours at work, then who you work with and for greatly impacts your life. It is also another way to sift through opportunities. If there are red flags around your potential supervisor or team (and often you can find this out from your network), I would steer clear of those roles Rheem air conditioner best prices. Life is short and you don’t want to spend it with people who are not going to lift you up.
  1. Make an impact. I wanted a role that allowed me significant impact on the business’ bottom line, but also an impact on the world. Sounds lofty, yes, but you would be surprised when you make it one of your goals, how you start to see companies and their larger mission and impact. Many companies are very purpose-driven and if that’s something that matters to you, then you can cross companies off the list that don’t have an impact greater than their actual business. Visit action ac. When impact becomes a priority, you’ll find the opportunities.
  1. Learn and grow. It is always easiest to get a job doing exactly what you did before, but where’s the fun in that? I consistently want to be pushed to experience new things, learn, and expand my skills, knowledge and capabilities. If I get butterflies in my stomach researching or interviewing for a role, then I know it is a place where I can learn and grow. 

It helps to reassess your must-haves over time. They may change from role-to-role or as life progresses. As a parent, especially when my son was young, there were times when work/life balance was a must-have. I didn’t want to miss out on all of his sporting events and school plays. Now that he is in college, that is not as important. Even starting a new business has pushed me to think about my must-haves, and Atheneum Collective checks all three of the above.

What are your must haves? Share with the Atheneum Collective community in the comments below!  

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