In my work as a creative career coach since 2008, I’ve seen this over and over again.
I’ve seen my clients think they’re in the wrong profession, only to realize it was where they were — not what they were doing — that was broken.
I’ve worked with my clients on clarifying and prioritizing their non-negotiable work qualities, and the type of work they were doing was less important than where they got to do it, and with who.
As long as they were working with insert-certain-type-of-people here on insert-bigger-mission-here, their own responsibilities mattered less and less.
At first, I was surprised at this finding. I was surprised hearing an affirmative response to the question, “Is where you work more important than what you do?” But then I kept hearing it. Again, and again, and again.