As a Mum of two working in a corporate organisation back in 2011,  I felt pulled in so many directions I couldn’t find the time, clarity or energy I needed to answer the most important question going round and round in my head “Should I stay or should I go?”.

My job was “okay” but I wasn’t fulfilled and my priorities had changed – my world view had changed. Everything had changed!

Spoiler alert – I chose “go!” I retrained as an accredited Career Coach in 2018 and since then, I have been helping working parents make these important decisions and find happiness and fulfilment.

Here are some questions to consider: 

  1. What is your main motivation at work right now? eg financial security, personal/professional growth, work life balance, health and wellbeing
  2. Now you know this, on a scale of 1-10 to what extent is this being met in your current role?
  3. What is missing from your current role? You are reading this blog for a reason. Something is missing.
  4. Fast forward 5 years. You are still in this job. You’re at a party at a friend’s house and someone’s asking you how your job is going. What do you say? What do you WANT to say?
    Now imagine you go to the party in 5 years, but this time, you couldn’t be happier in your job, it’s meeting all your priorities – work and life feels great – what is the job?
  5. What ONE step do you need to take now  to move towards this ideal future?

Here is a 3 minute exercise to assess your work motivators  – this exercise is part of my Signature 6 month career change programme, designed specifically for working parents. Let me know how you get on!

This article was written by Lucy Higgins, one of our partner coaches.  Lucy is a ICF accredited Career & Wellbeing Coach & Mum of two, with 20 years experience in Corporate Communications. She is passionate about helping unfulfilled Mums find work life happiness and harmony. You can get in touch via her profile page or book a free discovery call with her to find out more about coaching.