Your career is not isolated from the rest of your life. It is a major component that is interrelated with all of the other important aspects of your life and impacted by events occurring in the world around you.
Each of the Career Influences depicted in the graphic below should and do have an impact on your career.
In considering what you want to accomplish or change in your career, it is important to take into account what you want to achieve or experience in other aspects of your life, including family, community, spiritual, and social. It is also important for you to consider external influences over which you may have no control, such as opportunities at your current organization, job, industry and technology trends. Economic factors and trends will be considered because they can have a major impact on career direction.
Also, in assessing your current career situation – for example, your satisfaction and happiness, performance, job security, and work/life balance – it is important to think about how other internal and external factors play a role. It is not uncommon for people to experience less satisfaction with their careers and jobs when other needs and interests in their lives are not being met.
Below are some key considerations to take into account in assessing and planning your career.