Is Personal Fulfillment Your Career Priority?

Is Personal Fulfillment Your Career Priority?
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    When students consider their career options, money and fame may be part of the equation.

    At least that would appear to be the case, judging by how their parents and grandparents have approached their own work.


Fame and money are not the most important pursuits for today’s future workers, however. High school and college students may be looking for something else, namely personal fulfillment. A recent iStartStrong survey of 87 young adults has indicated as much, with most respondents seeking something else from their jobs.

The survey revealed that students:

Are career-minded

o 81% are “constantly” or “frequently” thinking about their future career
o 12% think about their career only “occasionally”
o Not a single respondent reported “rarely” or “never” thinking about it

Feel careers should be personally fulfilling

o 80% believe a career should be something that brings enjoyment and fulfillment to their life
o 72% want a career that aligns with their passion
o 53% believe their career will play a role in defining them as an individual

Don’t believe their parents have this privilege

o 57% said their parents either “like what they do, but suspect they’d rather do something else” or “don’t like what they do, but feel they need to do it for the money” (as compared to 25% who believe their parents “love what they do”)

Connect career success with enjoyment of work

o 78% believe they will achieve the most success in a career for which they have a passion
o When identifying specific motivators for successful people, the largest group of respondents (58%) believe “enjoyment of the work itself” as the primary motivator for career success over money and a desire for power, influence, and respect among other choices

See their studies as steps to career fulfillment and success

o The majority (55%) believe that knowing their ideal career path will improve their college performance
o For specifics on what motivates them to study, the largest group of respondents (27%) cited “interest in the subject” as their primary motivator compared to only 9% who cited “getting into a good college”

Gain clarity about their career direction from assessments

o 72% reported they were more enthusiastic about their future career after taking CPP’s Strong Interest Inventory assessment
o 85% said they became aware of more appealing career options after reviewing their assessment results
o 50% reported that knowing their results made them more likely to study

A significant number of respondents aren’t sure what the magic formula for career satisfaction is just yet. Some 43 percent say they have “an idea” what that might be. However, 26 percent have no clue what that might be, suggesting that many young people will be doing their best to find that out.

College Financing reference:

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