RUSSELL — An engineer & graduate student in his late twenties
"Working through The Story of My Work process I came to deeply understand the underlying reasons behind what motivates me to do good work — and became better at articulating these reasons...This was much more helpful than any online test I've taken. "
Russell is a talented, educated guy who is keen to do good work, but disillusioned about finding something truly engaging. He has enjoyed hobby pursuits like photography and backcountry skiing, but has struggled to engage his passion within a working field.
As Russell began his career, he knew that his strong analytical and problem solving abilities would make him a great fit for careers in the Engineering field. However, after three years at a big engineering firm, he wanted out and decided to take on a Masters of Science. After 3 years (as he wraps up this degree), Russell was still at a loss about where to plant himself.
In everything he does, Russell brings a strong analytical and creative posture to master and excel the subject. With such a strong skill set, why did his varied work options seem like such a grind?
We identified together that Russell's stories revolve around him creating products and mastering and iterating the design and function of the final goal. The long life-cycle of his projects (~3 years) were too long, drawn out, and ultimately draining. The focus on project management in his oil & gas engineering job lacked the build, design, & development elements he craved.
After the SOMW process, Russell was equipped with a framework through which to assess his job prospects in his post-grad-school career. Instead of looking just at the external elements like salary, schedule, & title, Russell was motivated to seek out & prioritize roles based on his motivations what will inspire him through a long career.