"If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you do not have integrity, nothing else matters."

Knowing who you are, what you are, and why you do what you do is a fundamental base for life, yet so many people spend their lives not quite certain of these things.

To live your life with integrity in your career you need to value yourself enough to be consistent in the choices you make and focused on where you are going.

You sense these people when you meet them. They know what is important to them, they project a sense of self, and they are then able to share their gifts with other people.

People who live life with career integrity express their passions in their life in some form, whether that be the work they do, the reason for the work they do, or the way they help others through their work. Their intentional choices are an expression of their own values and through that their integrity shines.

So how can we encourage those we care about to make choices leading to career integrity?

  • Discuss the skills they love to use and the circumstances where they love to use the skills.
  • Consider the environments in which they feel most focused. This might be the physical environment or the sort of people they would be working with.
  • Question them about the work-related experiences that they have enjoyed either  in a work setting or using work competencies. What was it about the experiences that they found most fulfilling?
  • Help them to recognise their core values, the aspects of life that are not negotiable for them. Build those core values into their career choices.

Let's all aim for absolute integrity in our career, unmasking ourselves to live and work with consistency, passion and balance.

Are you in the driver's seat of your own career, or do you feel like you are living a work life that you have little control over?

A sense of control matters more to some people than others, but when your career is being dictated by other people then it is time to take stock.

How do you know if someone else is pulling your Career Strings?

  • Are you currently working on a project or task that isn't what you want to do, but it is what you have been pigeonholed doing at your workplace?
  • Are your requests to change your position within the company being ignored because you are "so good at what you do that we couldn't do it without you" or words to that effect?
  • Did you enter your current work because someone else suggested it would be good for you, or because of subtle pressure from family?
  • Do you go to work each day, wishing you were going somewhere else but feeling like there is no alternative?
  • Do you have unresolved career dreams but others have told you that they are unrealistic or impractical so forget them?

It is time for you to take charge of your own career! You owe it to yourself. Being miserable at work is one of the greatest causes of stress and of subsequent health issues. It also flows through to your attitudes to every other aspect of your life, your relationships, your opportunities and your self-esteem.

So I challenge you to ask yourself who is pulling your career strings?