Career Success Assessment: How to Increase a Low Score

Here at Don’t Dread Monday, we’ve developed a career assessment —The Career Success Indicator (CSi50)—to measure your current state of career fulfillment and health. It’s a free career test assessment that should only take five to ten minutes to complete. Once finished, it will offer insights into your level of career satisfaction and ways to improve it. Go ahead and complete it now.

You’re back! If your score on the career test was between 0 and 20, the rest of this blog is directed towards you. As you might have read once completing the CSi50, you’re most likely in a career that is not aligning with your core needs. You dread going to work each day, which in turn affects the energy you have outside of work. You might feel depressed, anxious, or vulnerable.

You’re not alone. We’ve encountered many, many people over the years who have felt stuck and unhappy in their jobs. The good news is, you don’t have to stay in that negative place. Here’s a real-life example from one of our past clients:

Annette (name has been changed) was in her fifties and had been working as a tax accountant for two decades. When we met her she was growing increasingly unhappy with her workload, as well as the drudgery and monotony of her job. 

In coaching her, she discovered she wanted to build something more tangible in her work and connect emotionally with others. She had been fulfilling these needs through other hobbies, but once she put a name to her core needs, she realized what she could do to fix them. Instead of trudging through her career or quitting her job, she reframed it. She could bring all of these core needs into her existing job. In completing someone’s tax returns, she was building something tangible to give to her clients. When her clients came in to meet with her, she could ask about their lives, making personal connections. Annette was able to change her career test score from below 20 to above 40, all by realizing her needs and molding her work to fit them. 

This solution will not be for everyone, but we hope in reading this story you will find hope in your own life. If Annette’s story resonated with you, know that it’s never too late to make your career work for you.

If you need guidance on how to begin transforming your career, buy our book, Don’t Dread Monday. It outlines the next steps on how to find your core needs and apply them to your life and career. This practical advice will help you advance professionally and personally—we guarantee it.