In today's fast-paced world, an alarming number of professionals find themselves at a crossroads, questioning the path they have chosen. A Gallup poll1 revealed that a staggering 85% of people worldwide are disengaged or dissatisfied with their jobs. This statistic is not just a number; it's a reflection of countless individuals who feel disconnected from their work, unsure of how their personal aspirations fit into their professional lives.

Against this widespread job dissatisfaction, my own career journey sheds light on the importance of aligning one’s career with one's inner voice and true desires. Early on, I faced immense external pressure to pursue a career in medicine—a noble and respected path, yet one that did not resonate with my personal aspirations. The challenge was not merely in choosing a different path but in daring to listen to my own voice surrounded by everyone else's expectations.

This experience taught me an invaluable lesson that has informed my work as an Executive Coach and Psychologist: the significance of forging a career that is not only successful by conventional standards but also deeply fulfilling on a personal level.

In the coming sections I will introduce some key factors that are crucial to consider when designing one’s career journey. These are not just abstract ideas but practical touchstones, which, if taken into account, can shape a professional path aligned with your unique aspirations and potential.

Understand Your "Why" and Your Passion

The foundation of a fulfilling career is a deep understanding of your "why." This intrinsic motivation acts as a compass, guiding you through challenges and toward opportunities that resonate with your passions. It is about discovering what drives you, what issues you are passionate about solving, and what activities make you lose track of time.

Consider reflective questions such as: How do you want to be remembered? What impact do you wish to have on the world? What makes you wake up in the morning? If you did not have financial constraints, how would you choose to spend your time? Your answers can offer invaluable hints, drawing you ever closer to identifying your true purpose and passion.

Discover Your Core Values

Your core values are the bedrock of your personal and professional life, influencing your decisions, your responses to challenges, and the satisfaction you derive from your work. Identifying these values is crucial and can be as straightforward as selecting from a list and pinpointing the top three that resonate with you the most at this moment. Some values may stay constant, but others might shift as you move through different stages of life. It is beneficial to regularly take stock of what is most relevant to you and honor that.

Moreover, in your professional journey, seek out organizations whose values align with your own. This alignment not only fosters a deeper sense of belonging and purpose but can also significantly affect your job satisfaction and career longevity.

Build a Career Around Your Personality and Strengths

Understanding and leveraging your unique strengths and personality traits are crucial in carving out a career in which you can truly excel. Assessments such as the DISC test can be particularly enlightening, providing a detailed profile of your behavior and work style. Each personality type brings its own strengths to a professional setting.

For example, are you someone who takes charge and enjoys competitive environments? Or do you excel in supporting your team and providing consistent results? Maybe you're at your best when persuading others and providing inspiration, or perhaps you shine in roles that require meticulous attention to detail. Recognizing these traits can give you clues about where you might fit best in the workplace.

All personality types have their place and can lead to greatness, but each may be naturally more suited for certain roles. The key is to leverage your inherent strengths rather than spending excessive energy on improving weaknesses just to fit into a role that is not ideal for you. By focusing on what you naturally do best, you can select a career path that feels less like work and more like a natural extension of who you are.

Envision Your Future

Crafting a vision of your future career is more than just imagining a job title or a salary—it is about envisioning the life you want to lead. To help you explore this, consider the following questions:

  • Where in the world do you envision yourself living? Is it in a bustling city, a serene countryside, or perhaps somewhere international?
  • What kind of industry or field excites you the most? Is there a specific sector where you feel passionate about making an impact?
  • When it comes to salary, what level of income would provide you with financial security and enable you to live comfortably?
  • What lifestyle do you aspire to? Are you seeking a balance between work and personal life? Do you envision traveling frequently, pursuing hobbies, or spending time with loved ones?
  • What kind of impact do you want to have on the world? Are you driven by the desire to lead a team, innovate within your field, or contribute to meaningful social change?

Exploring these questions can provide valuable insights into your long-term goals and aspirations. They serve as guideposts, helping you craft a detailed vision of your future that goes beyond just a job title, allowing you to design a career that aligns with your values, ambitions, and desired lifestyle. Visualize your ideal professional and personal life, then work backward to determine the steps needed to achieve this reality.

Navigate External Pressure and Set Boundaries

Discovering your career path often comes with valuable advice from others, but the true course must align with your personal vision and aspirations. It is vital to listen to this advice, thank the givers for their insights, and learn what you can from them. However, it is equally important to set boundaries. This means being able to say 'thank you, but this is my path' when external opinions do not match your inner calling.

Acknowledging the input of those around you does not mean you have to follow it. Instead, it is about sifting through the noise to find the signals that guide you to your true north. Establishing clear boundaries is about protecting your unique journey, allowing you to make decisions that reflect your values and desires, not someone else's expectations. Remember, it is your story to write, and while others may offer suggestions, only you hold the pen.


The journey to professional fulfillment requires understanding both yourself and the broader world of work. For women just starting their careers, it is about creating a career that reflects their passions, values, skills, and future vision. My own journey, marked by a pivotal decision to listen to my inner voice, serves as a testament to the power of aligning one’s career with one's true self.

Embrace your path with confidence, guided by an unconditional commitment to your personal aspirations. The world awaits the unique contributions only you can make.

Empowering Women