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What is 'career fitness'?

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

Have you ever felt you had a ‘good job’ yet felt unfulfilled? Do you find yourself changing jobs every few years? There are good jobs and jobs that are good for you. Often, we think of these ideas as mutually exclusive. I typically avoid using the word ‘good’ because it is loaded with various beliefs and sets you up against what isn’t good. This binary thinking is usually not helpful when attempting career change and leans on judgement rather than curiosity.

ALTR Career Fitness Agency was inspired through my commitment to physical fitness. It has always been an important part of my life growing up a tennis player, but fitness is not exclusive to the physical aspects. Fitness is about optimizing your participation in any area of your life. It’s about improving and altering your experience rather than accepting the status quo. For me, using the word fitness expresses an ability to become and a desire to maintain. Fitness is sought through strategic goal setting, and realized through a consistent practice; ultimately the grass is greener where you water it.

fit1 /fit/adjective

1. of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose.

Understanding what jobs are good and good for you requires work, which is what my clients generally get out of the coaching experience. Heightened self-awareness of how to serve your career goal through value, strength and identity alignment strengthens your ability to approach your career in a way that serves this inner experience while meeting your extrinsic needs. In the same way seeing a personal trainer at the gym is a strategic way to improve your experience and knowledge in meeting your physical fitness goals, seeing a career coach should be a similar experience. I can speak for myself when I say, if I knew what I know now, navigating my work experience would have saved me time and energy in my work pursuits.

In the digital and information ages, we can be overloaded with career possibilities, especially if we are highly skilled. Navigating these streams of employment requires many micro decisions. Decision making can be difficult without self-trust and a heightened sense of direction or purpose.

Start with these thoughts:

1. What is my definition of career?

2. How did I learn to approach my career from the people I saw working while growing up?

3. What are my work boundaries? What types of work won’t I pursue?

4. I passionately believe in…

5. If I could change 2-3 aspects of my current job, which would they be?

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