Career advice

Five steps to work happiness

Most of us have an ideal job in mind, but many also feel we will have to jump through lots of hoops to get there. Get out of the ‘just another job’ mentality and into your ‘calling’. After all, a job should be more than just a way to pay the bills.

Most of us have an ideal job in mind, but many also feel we will have to jump through lots of hoops to get there. Get out of the ‘just another job’ mentality and into your ‘calling’. After all, a job should be more than just a way to pay the bills.

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When you discover a specialty you particularly like, be proactive. If possible, meet with the nurse manager and find out what they are looking for. This can open up employment avenues and point you towards whatever additional training you might need.

Grab any opportunity to gain experience in your new area of interest. If you can afford it, try unpaid internships, nurse shadowing, casual jobs, part-time jobs or work as a float nurse.

There are plenty of platforms online for professionals to connect with each other, such as LinkedIn. Find a professional who has achieved similar goals to those you are after and who has a career that you would like to aspire to – and ask them how they got there.

Use each day at work as an opportunity to learn something new or to hone essential skills. No skill is ever wasted. Each new skill or highly developed skill can be listed on your CV as something that will be useful in your chosen career path.

From all the knowledge that you have gained from networking and researching your preferred specialty, map the goals you need to achieve. Create goals for yourself and a date by which you could achieve them. Plan for six months, one year, five years and ten years ahead. Having a goal in sight can give you the energy to go for it.

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