“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.” Anais Nin
I am yet to meet someone who is not looking to have a work & life that provides them with a sense of meaning / purpose. It is important to remember that meaning / purpose looks different to each and every one of us. It is very much a personal thing. The question then is for those yet to find or define this – how to set about doing so?
A lot of the work around meaning / purpose can be tied to our values. In the careers work I do with clients, the foundations are about identifying what the core values are and building upon these. See the below diagram to get you thinking about your purpose.
You can also access some great talks on TED about meaning and purpose in our work and life. Additionally a great article with links to some terrific values exercises is Finding True North – How to Clarify Values
As we come to the end of the year, many of us think about our goals for the new year. An increase in income is often a big one for a lot of us. I am thrilled to share that my friend Susie Moore is offering some awesome free video training on “The Right Way To Ask For A Raise”. Susie coaches a lot of people on confidence and how to ask for what you want and when it comes to money it’s so important to speak up! There is evidence that those who consistently negotiate a raise earn $1M more over the course of our career.
Here is her first free video on why you have to ask for a raise if you are confident that you deserve one. Click here: susiemoore.ontraport.com/t?orid=2028&opid=1
Over the next few days you will see a couple of more free videos with even more key insights – covering what not asking is really costing you and what 3 key things that need to be in place before you ask for more money at work.
Be on the lookout for a special free bonus gift that I have created in support of this important subject. All of those who sign up for the series will receive a complimentary copy of my book, The Busy Women’s Guide to… Salary Negotiation.
‘In 2013, the national gender pay gap was 17.5%. This has not shifted in the last 20 years. Another way to look at this statistic is that the average woman would have to work an additional 64 days per year to earn the same as the average man.’ Click to view statistics source
When the average Australian woman has to work an additional 2 months a year to achieve the same salary as the average Australian man, there is a problem. If you think it sounds a bit dismal, you are right, and let’s not even mention our comparative superannuation payouts upon retirement, which are nothing to get excited about, and our longer average lifespan.
Women represent more than half the workforce – 50.5%. Their choice of occupation has some bearing on the difference in average pay (Mining Sector at the top for wages, and Food and Accommodation at the other end). Sadly women face a pay gap in nearly every occupation and the gap increases the higher up the corporate ladder. We know that the pay gap has little to do with our intelligence and level of competence. It has a lot to do with our lack of confidence! But it is from the whole story.
Click to read my full article published in The Weekend Australian Newspaper or online.
Kelly Magowan is the author of The Busy Women’s Guide to… Salary Negotiation available on Amazon and CreateSpace.
It may appear an odd concept at first however giving yourself permission to be happy in your worklife is very important. As is having the permission of a significant other.
Given around half the working population cites that they are not happy in their current job something is clearly amiss in our working lives. Through various conversations of late with friends and colleagues (and with some first- hand experience with a significant other), I have come to realise how common a blocker to job or career change ‘permission’ really is. See Key Blockers to Making a Career Change for more information about blockers.
When it comes to permission there are various scenarios at play here. While you may have come to the realisation that your current work arrangement is no longer working for you and is making you unhappy, you may not feel that your partner gives you permission or supports you in taking action to change it. Alternatively, such as with my partner, while I have given him permission all along to follow his career dreams, he has taken some time to come around to giving himself permission to start fulfilling these.
While on the face of it the concept of giving ourselves permission or having the permission of our significant others to be happy at work seems so simple, in practise it is not. The first step is to be aware of this blocker and then take steps towards overcoming this. For some people they can work through this successfully on their own and/or with a partner however for others they may require the support of an experienced career coach.
If permission is a blocker for you and is causing you to not experience a fulfilling worklife I encourage you to explore ways to overcome this and find the great worklife you truly deserve.