Are 60,000 working hours a compelling reason for ongoing self-assessment? Unless you married the person you dated at 15, and never ate a food you could not pronounce, the decisions you make early in life and in career may not be valid three, five or ten years later.
Consider a very conservative estimate of a life of paid and volunteer work:
Hours to work or volunteer/week (40) X
Weeks you expect to work each year (50) X
Years you expect to work (30) = 60,000 hours
If you get an annual physical, winterize your car and take your pets for vaccinations, don’t you deserve an annual self-assessment checkup? You may find that you are content with your life or that the source of your discontent is within your power to change. On-going self-assessment may also keep you from making foolish and precipitous mistakes such as changing jobs when what you really need is marriage counseling.
When to start: Right now will work, or you can schedule your assessment for the week after New Year’s Day or Tax Day, which are imprinted on your consciousness.
Resources for self-assessment are endless (a Google search turned of 26 million hits in .44 seconds), and, at the minimum they cover career trajectory, financial, physical, or mental health status. There are intuitive do-it-yourself tools, such as Pass The Baton’s Work/Life Analysis, and well-respected and accessible commercial testing schemes (Kiersey™ Temperament Sorter) are available.
Where to start: A graduate or undergraduate career office; internists, psychiatrists, psychologists, religious counselors, social workers or other therapists; government offices, including unemployment centers.
Take care of yourself!