Ready for a Career Checkup? Five Steps to Plan What’s Next

Asking yourself some pointed questions to figure out what you want and what you’re good at can bring more purpose and fulfillment to your professional life.

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Let’s start with some good news. Despite recent headlines lamenting mass layoffs, rising stress levels, return-to-office politics and the risk of AI-powered automation, the majority of Americans remain satisfied with their jobs.

In fact, job satisfaction last year rose to its highest levels since the late 1980s. According to research from the Conference Board, “U.S. workers have never been more content.” More than 60% of workers are satisfied — up from just 42% during the Great Recession in 2010.

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Anne deBruin Sample, CEO
CEO, Navigate Forward

Anne deBruin Sample, CEO and owner of Navigate Forward, is an experienced HR leader and Career Transition Expert. She has written for CEOWorld magazine and has been published in Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal. Her experience includes high-level positions at PepsiAmericas, Caribou Coffee and Whirlpool Corp.