Be happy in work
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How to be happy at work and get what you want

1 Sep 2017

Finding your happiness in work isn’t always about finding your next job.

Here at, we have given you plenty of food for thought about how to find your next dream job.

We’ve coached you in the ways of drafting the perfect CV, we’ve given you some of our very best interview tips, and we’ve helped you settle in for your first few days and weeks.

But achieving career happiness isn’t always about moving to a new company or finding a new job.

You might already be in your dream job. But that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve any more happiness. There are always way to improve how things are, whether it’s your personal outlook, your benefits or what you bring to the company.

With this in mind, this week we looked at some of the things that will make you happy in the position you’re already in.

For times when you’re feeling unsure of yourself – don’t worry, we’ve all been there – we spoke to psychologist Gerry Hussey about how to snap yourself out of those crippling feelings of self-doubt.

It’s important to remind yourself that you got to where you are in life for a reason, and it wasn’t just luck.

Sometimes, salary jumps only come with promotions and annual increments. However, not every company offers year-on-year increases, and this is something you can’t exactly control. But that doesn’t mean your situation shouldn’t improve. Hays’ Nick Deligiannis has some advice about what you should ask for instead.

Something that will make you stand out to your boss and ensure you get what you want from that annual meeting is pitching a great idea. But make sure you know how to sell it.

Even stereotypes can be a good thing at work if you turn them into what you want. Particularly for women in the tech industry, being deemed ‘too sensitive’ should be turned on its head and renamed ‘emotionally intelligent’.

Finally, if you are looking for a new job but you’re worried about what a particularly short spell might look like to recruiters, take a deep breath and relax. We have some advice on how to own that short stint and be prepared for any questions that may arise.

If you’re worried about making the leap and following your dreams, you need to know about Dr Niamh Shaw, who will dispel any worries you have about chasing those ambitions.

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. Imposter syndrome: How to deal with feeling like a failure at work

Hands up if you’ve ever felt like you’re really not good at your job any more?

2. My boss said no to my raise – how can we compromise?

It’s common practice in many industries to offer employees an annual raise. But, if you didn’t get a salary increase this year, what should you ask for instead?

3. How to successfully pitch an idea to your boss

You have to make yourself stand out at work with your best ideas. Sometimes, half the battle is selling it to your boss.

4. Have you let your impossible dreams go? This should inspire you not to

Dr Niamh Shaw has been dreaming of being an astronaut since she was eight years old, and now she’s determined to get to space, no matter what.

5. Not all stereotypes are bad in the office, especially for women

Solving the diversity problem in the STEM industry doesn’t have to mean destroying stereotypes. It could mean changing the stereotype message, according to Anjali Norwood.

6. Did you leave a job after a short stint? Here’s how to explain it

The days of long tenures and lifelong jobs are starting to disappear, but how short is too short a stay at any one job?

7. ‘Art and science are not separate, they are beautifully intertwined’

How does a ballerina become a biomedical engineer? By fusing art with science to create a multidimensional environment.

8. 7 top qualities that make a successful software developer

If you want to be a great software developer, there are some key traits and qualities you must have.

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Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the editor of Silicon Republic in 2023, having worked as the deputy editor since February 2020. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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