Design Your Dream Job Right Now
Start today. No job is a perfect fit until you take ownership of it and make it your own. Are you designing your current work to fit you?
Most people never tailor their jobs and end up feeling frustrated and hopeless.
A majority of jobs allow you to make minor alterations to meet your needs. It is what successful careers are built on: the art of tailoring your work to fit who you are and what you need. And you can do it in ANY job. For many of the changes you wouldn’t even need manager approval.
A job design begins with having a clear sense of the goals of your job. Take a step back to outline what your role strives to accomplish. Ask yourself key questions about where you work:
- What does success look like for the organization?
- What are the 3–5 year goals for the organization?
- What metrics will be key to measuring success?
With your organization’s needs front of mind, you can begin to customize parts of your assigned role based on your unique needs. What is that one thing you want to accomplish in your work? What is something you could do today to get you closer to that? To design a job where you can thrive, you should find what brings purpose and fulfillment to your work by focusing in 3 areas:
- Deepen Relationships: What are different approaches that could help you build the relationships that matter to you within or outside the organization? For example, if you are in sales, how do you target a population that is where you want to build your network?
- Maximize Impact: How can you frame the goals for your position to align with what drives purpose for you? For example, if you find the most purpose in helping individuals, you can you frame your role around making an impact for those people. If you are driven by the gain and dispersion of knowledge, you can make research and learning the core of your approach. Imperative helps you learn about the impact you’d like to see in your work through our Purpose Assessment (click to take it, it’s free and it’s fun!).
- Achieve Personal Growth: What form of growth is most important to you right now? Is it growth in building a network or gaining knowledge? Is it about overcoming fears or trying something new? Is it about mastering a skill? Articulating answers to these questions helps ensure that you learn and grow the way that uniquely matters to you in your job.
After you have done the legwork, work with your manager and team to co-design your job based on your answers to these questions. You will have not only designed a job that has an incredibly high potential to be rich in purpose, but you’ll likely be achieving your manager’s goals alongside.
Your work matters. Make it mean something to you.