What Makes a Career Path “Fulfilling”?

October 23, 2023
Filipe Bastos
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Many things can make your chosen career path feel fulfilling. From choosing the right career pathway for you, to feeling rewarded, valued, and satisfied in your job, to ensuring that you receive adequate remuneration for the work you do – combining these elements can go far in helping you feel like your career is one you can feel comfortable and confident pursuing.

If you’re looking for career fulfillment and an overall sense of job satisfaction, just read on for a comprehensive guide on what, ultimately, makes a career path feel fulfilling.

1. Choosing the Right Career Path for You

The first step on your journey to a fulfilling career is identifying what career path is right for you. This means, of course, ascertaining where your strengths, interests, and passions lie. 

Next, you need to map out your career path. For certain professions, this will mean gaining a formal qualification. For others, hands-on professional experience may be of more value. If you’re interested in becoming a registered nurse, for instance, you may find it helpful to follow the recommended registered nurse steps, which act as an outline detailing how to work toward becoming a fully-fledged nursing professional. Other professions – in the legal arena, for example, may require you to complete an internship or job placement before commencing full-time employment.

Whatever it takes, once you have identified your passion, being committed and dedicated to your selected career pathway and your professional and personal development in your chosen role will take you far. 

2. Feeling Rewarded, Valued, and Satisfied in your Job

A central component to being fulfilled in your career is feeling appreciated, valued, and recognized in your job. For some, achieving professional milestones and KPIs or Key Performance Indicators is of considerable importance. For particularly competitive high-achievers, a career in sales can be extremely fulfilling and rewarding. Not least, of course, because of the comparatively high salary sales professionals can earn in bonuses and on-target earnings or OTE

For others, however, career satisfaction may instead be a result of receiving recognition, positive reinforcement, and praise from their managers and peers. Company awards nights are an ideal practice to show appreciation for hard-working employees, and can also be a fantastic way to boost company morale. Of course, the employee experience in their role also goes a long way in terms of job satisfaction and a sense of career fulfillment. If an employee feels supported, valued, and appreciated, they are likely to stay in their job for longer and are also more likely to follow a planned career pathway or trajectory that is in line with that particular role.

3. Receiving Adequate Remuneration

A competitively remunerated salary can also help an individual feel satisfied and fulfilled in their career. Needless to say, a competitive wage is in a way, financial recognition of the work we do! If we feel like we are being underpaid for our efforts, we are unlikely to feel fulfilled in our careers. It can be argued that this can apply to employees who are in lower-end roles, such as in manual labor, retail, or hospitality, for example. Arguably, employees in these roles can be financially exploited, and will often rely on tips to supplement their minimum hourly wages.

Of course, money is not everything when it comes to a job! However, it helps to be paid well and to feel financially rewarded for your work. As such, it could be argued that individuals who are in higher-paying jobs may feel more fulfilled in their careers than others.

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If you want to build a career that makes you feel fulfilled, there are certain steps you can take. For starters, you want to make sure you are choosing a career path that is right for you. Identifying your strengths and passions will help with this, as will gaining the necessary experience and qualifications. Next, you need to find a job in which you feel rewarded, valued, and appreciated. Of course, job satisfaction is central to a sense of career fulfillment and is not necessarily reliant on how much you are being paid. That being said, having a good salary can also help you feel fulfilled in your career.

Regardless – whatever makes your career feel fulfilling for you – undoubtedly, building a fulfilling career is a goal that is certainly worth achieving!

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