Although, I have spoken about this in the blog posts quite a few times (see here The Next Step Blog Posts on Culture and Fit) there is still more to say.
I talk about these topics in both of my published books. In
For careers, it is not as light and fluffy. At the end of the day, YOU (or your parents or your loans) are paying for your college experience and therefore you are entitled to help and focus around your needs and how you feel. In the real world, this is not the case. Your employer is paying YOU so it is up to you to identify and know how to manage your needs to keep you happy in your professional life. My book,
Like anything else, sometimes the “match” does not work out but you can try to avoid this misstep by knowing in advance what type of culture you excel in – do you need to have an overzealous manager who micromanages you (my gut would say no one needs this but some people do need to have direction more than others) or do you need a hands off approach from your management? When you are just starting out, it is hard for you to know this in advance and most people just want to get the best paying job for when they start vs the job that is the best fit. There are pros and cons to each decision you make. Yes, money is “important” but if you are miserable every day, that money begins to feel like a curse and not a benefit. If you love going to work every day (or even a few days a month), you are better off than so many people.
Just look around and ask your friends and family who have to be honest with you – ask them if they are truly happy going to their office every day. You will find most people who have to be honest will tell you that they “hate” their jobs. That being said, sometimes this is just a phase and sometimes this is due to someone being negative and hating everything but for some it is that they made the wrong choice in their career path and now they are “stuck” at a company where the fit and culture is wrong. Sometimes this corrects itself in the form of being fired and/or laid off by said company where you do not fit in. Other times, it is something you have to identify and fix on your own either by changing to fit the culture or by moving on to find something that fits your needs more.
A big part of the battle is to know what you need. It is understanding what in terms of culture and fit do you need. Are you looking for a company that is run like a family? Meaning you all go crazy and love/hate eachother minute by minute? Are you looking for a company that is run like the military – meaning everything is controlled and scheduled to the nth degree. Are you looking for something more in between?
Read my books to find out more about culture and fit to be ready for your next step! Let me know what you think about culture and fit? Did you make the right choices for college and career? If yes, how did you know? If not, what can you do to fix it? Happy Hunting!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen