Why Career Identity is Important
Our identity plays a large role in our thoughts, behaviors, and every decision we make at work and at home.
Our identity plays a large role in our thoughts, behaviors, and every decision we make at work and at home… but first let’s cover what identity actually is.
Identity is WHO YOU ARE to YOU. In other words, it’s how you think of yourself and the way that you view the world around you. Your identity is your opinion of every aspect of you, your skills, passions, looks, personality etc. It’s your subjective viewpoint of yourself.
When we think of identity in our personal lives it’s sometimes easy to peg the things we are great at and the things that might require a little improvement… but when we find our identity in our career it’s a little more difficult. It’s time to decide who you truly are in the workplace so you can leverage your strengths and talents and start feeling excitement.
- We all have something that we stand out for. Is it being great with people? Maybe your attention to detail is immaculate. Are you great at sales? Helping identify what your strengths are will help you decide who you truly are in the workplace.
- Start to investigate what makes you excited, this can be something big or small. Do you look forward to meetings where you can talk with others? Or do you look forward more to the reporting period? Is there a particular day or hour that you look forward to the most? Perhaps it is organizing your files on a monthly basis.
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It’s important not to mix up your identity with a career role. The role is just the job that we do, but our identity is what we actually bring to the table.
If you are having trouble identifying some of the points mentioned above, it’s okay because I have been there. It takes a lot of exploration but worth it to know yourself.
Coaching also helps significantly in helping you know your identity and if it’s serving you or hurting you.
If this speaks to you then reach out to me and we can talk about strengthening your TRUE identity to help you become more successful in the workplace.