Maslow’s Hierarchy of Career Growth

March 20, 2023

You’ve likely heard of “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs,” but how does this theory relate to your career growth? We’re sharing insights to help you understand how the two are relative in order to help you feel satisfied in your career growth, while weighing out the differences between long-term career growth v. short-term job offer growth.  

In 1943, Abraham Maslow published his article, “A Theory of Human Motivation” in the journal Psychological Review, proposing a motivational theory for what humans need. The theoretical findings were outlined in a pyramid model, highlighting the foundation and bare bones needs of mankind: survival. Once that need is obtained, mankind seeks security and belonging, and can only then self-actualize. Self actualization: the full realization of one’s creative, intellectual, and social potential. 

Similarly in a career environment, one needs their short-term needs to be met right away in order for them to survive: livable wage, reasonable commute, and job security. Once all of these needs are met, other factors of importance come into play, the long-term needs to be successful: job satisfaction and career growth.

During this unique time of “The Great Resignation” through the pandemic (2020-2022), as professionals have been contemplating their happiness in their jobs, this hierarchy of needs is more relevant than ever. As beauty industry recruiters, the #1 thing we hear from professionals looking to explore new opportunities is that they are looking for “Career Growth” opportunities. But what does that look like for you? 

As shown in our pyramid below, money, location/commute and job security, are considered to be short-term needs for professionals. Once these needs are satisfied, you will look at the team you work with, your ability to learn and continue your professional development while stretching your skills in new projects and making an impact. These are the long-term more fulfilling needs for job satisfaction.  

So what does this mean for your career path… Should you stay or should you go? One way to discover career growth is to ask for a promotion/career path at your current place of employment (Click here for our article: How to position yourself for a promotion). Another way to gain the satisfaction of career growth is to make a move to a new company. We share guidance to help you weigh the information in your job search based on short-term deciding factors v. long-term deciding factors in this article: Evaluating Multiple Job Offers.

Ready to see what is out there? Let’s connect! Feeling a little shy about connecting with a recruiter? Check out: The benefits of having an “exploratory” call with a Recruiter 

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