5 Ways to Evaluate Whether Your Job is a Good Fit

Contributed by Kevin Saghy

My boss recently responded to a reporter’s request for “signs that young professionals are or aren’t fitting into their organization.” He asked for my quick opinions (which I took to be a positive sign, phew) and I figured it’d make a good first post on The Creative Career. Without further ado –

1. Are colleagues granting you more autonomy?
As a new professional, colleagues will request frequent updates until they can trust that a young staffer is able to meet deadlines with quality work. Over time, coworkers will trust more and hover less. If you have been in a position for a year and your team still panics when you’re given a project—it’s time to evaluate your workload and reliability.

2. Do you fit in better with the “other side?”
Perhaps you’re part of the agency’s consumer practice but all of your office friends work on the corporate side. Maybe you relate better to the water cooler conversation down the hall compared to your own team’s daily grind. If you don’t fit in with your colleagues personally, there’s a chance you don’t professionally either. See if your agency will work with you to make an appropriate switch.

3. Do you have a champion within the organization?
Agencies appoint supervisors to young staff so they may help that staff member succeed. If a supervisor doesn’t fill that role, another colleague will often take a junior staffer under his or her wing. If you’re wandering through your career without much guidance, it may be time to look at another agency with a focus on mentorship.

4. How are you perceived compared to your peers?
Does your team usually give assignments to other junior staffers before you, or are you option No. 1? Do you have a surplus of open billable time? Take a step back and view your position on the team objectively.

5. How would you feel if you had to “break up” with your employer?
Relationships usually boast reciprocal feelings. When you love coming to work each day, chances are your employer loves having you walk through the door. On the flip side, coworkers can usually sense when team member is unsatisfied. Judge your position and try to keep the spark alive.

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