In this short course, I'm going to take you through three exercises to help you define your career compass, a compass to guide you in the direction that you truly want to go. a direction that comes not from wanting to escape something, but to go to war with something to go towards something upon which you've reflected deeply, not a whim or a flight of fancy. Your career compass is based on what you enjoy your values. And above all, what makes you happy? After all, why shouldn't you be happy in the work that you do and the career that you pursue? Unfortunately, a lot of people that I've coached, have never really thought deeply about these things.
They've just gone from one opportunity to the next opportunity. One such person that I coached was Irina. Irina was doing an MBA, a leading UK business school, and I was assigned to be her executive coach. But when I read Irina's resume a I was bowled over. And frankly, I was a bit intimidated. Here was a 36 year old Russian woman who had left her native Russia, and was now the financial director in a very successful medium sized software company in Ireland.
At the top of the resume a was a picture of an immaculately turned out businesswoman. It was followed by a stunning list of achievements. How on earth I thought, will I be able to help this already very successful woman. I was nervous going into our first session, and I was surprised when she told me that she already had a new job. She was leaving Ireland she told me to move the family to Germany. There she has secured a much better paid role in a much bigger company.
In fact, one of the world's biggest software Companies is almost certain that you use their software. She told me that she was moving straightaway to lose no time or opportunity, and that her husband and the two children was follow on after a few months. We scheduled the second session for a month after she started her new job. The next time we spoke, she was depressed. She wasn't getting along with a boss. Her team, including a boss all worked in different places or different countries.
There was nobody to talk to also help her to learn what was needed in the new job. And she badly missed her family. Perhaps things would get better when a family arrived. But they didn't. her relationship with her boss got worse and worse. And the person that did her job previously, who was still in the company was doing everything they could to undermine her Rina worked longer and longer hours in an effort to give her boss what he wanted.
And as a consequence, she saw less and less of her family. Her husband got fed up with a complaint about work and just didn't want to talk to her about work anymore. In Ireland, everybody loved the work that she did. She wasn't just a number cruncher. She was having a tangible impact on the business. She worked in a close knit team, who were a constant source of ideas and innovation.
And it being Ireland, everybody in the company socialized together. But in Germany, she discovered that her role was pretty much just producing reports for different countries in Europe. If she wanted to talk to a member of the team, it had to be by telephone. Because most of them were in different countries. She became increasingly isolated and lonely. And when it came to her annual performance review, she was scored very low.
After another six months of struggle, the company decided that they wanted her to leave. Luckily for her, Germany has very good protection for workers rights. And she got good support from the workers Council, and a good redundancy package. But as a non German speaker with two small children, getting a new job wasn't easy. But I'm happy to report that she loves Germany in the area where she lives. And about a year later, she found a job with a medium sized software company.
But sad to report her and her husband and now separated. All too often, I see people changing jobs, because they want to leave behind the things that they don't want, rather than thinking about the things that they really do. One in a job. It's all too easy to get fed up with the problems in our current situation, and to walk away with a fresh start not having to deal with those problems anymore. But that's not a recipe for finding a job you love. That's a recipe for finding a different job that doesn't yet have the problems of your current job.
I want to help you avoid that mistake. And in this section of the blueprint, I want to help you to figure out the ingredients of the job you love. And to do that, I'm going to ask you to do three exercises. The purpose of these exercises is to slow down your thinking, to engage your logical brain and look deeply into what it is you want from the job that you love. They're not going to tell you that you should be a pilot or that you should be a little Lawyer, although he should be a coffee shop owner. Instead, what they will give you is a deep insight into the ingredients of the job that you love that you can use as your compass throughout the rest of your career.
The first exercise is the daily journal. This is the most important exercise in this section, because it tracks your day to day experience. But don't worry, it's not an onerous task. I'm only suggesting a page of bullet points for each day. And I'll give you an easy to use full map for that. The second exercise is about identifying your career anchors, those things that you really want in a job that you love.
The things that are going to make you get out of bed in the morning. In the third exercise will broaden the view not just looking at what But looking at how work integrates into the rest of your life. If you do these three exercises, you will understand what you really want in the job that you love. It will help you to avoid the mistake that Irina made making an emotional subconscious decision about things that she thought that she wanted. But had she thought more deeply, she would have realized that other things were much more important and investigated whether they were available in the new job. So that set the same.
Now go to the next video, and I'll show you how to do the daily journal.