If you haven’t considered ideas since high school, you may have settled in a job that doesn’t fit your professional aspirations or your goals.
Each of us has special talents that, when expressed or performed, make this world a better place. You probably enjoy doing these things, and you probably notice how people react to you while you work. Perhaps these are the things that people respect you for when you are not at work.
When you develop these talents, as much as possible, you will be able to make your best contribution to the world and enjoy the personal and professional satisfaction that comes with walking together.
Your Career is a Travel Destination
The process of discovering what you are meant to do is to find your career path – it’s a journey. It begins with identifying the integral “your” part: the person who really is behind the facades, and protected from the stresses of everyday life.
After exposure, your journey continues with exploring a career and defining a profession that will allow you to use your talents. And then it moves on to a focused job and a career path, on which you will define for yourself a job where you want to put yourself in the best position to get it. In fact, this journey never ends because the job itself is about change, growth, development, and rethinking.
Taking talent as a basic approach for finding your career from the beginning, you keep yourself in the direction of the right career, even if the actual direction shifts over time. This approach consists of consistent answers to three questions:
- Who am I?
- What do I want to do?
- How can I get a job?
Determine who you really are.
The first question to be answered is, “Who am I?”
We will take two approaches to answer this question – first, I ask you to study your talents, and second, with the help of psychometric tests to study your preferences.
Studying Your Talents
First of all, let us consider your answers to the following questions:
- When were you most perfect, passionate, and enthusiastic?
- When were you most creative?
- When were you most confident in yourself and your decisions?
- What do you consider your greatest achievement?
- When did other people think you were the most successful?
- When did you enjoy your work the most?
- What talents did you have that you could rely on in different situations?
- Why are you taking a very tough position?
- What in the world of puzzles and what worries you might be influenced by?
- What kind of work would you like to do if you had a choice?
- What kind of active activities do you gravitate to outside your working hours?
- If money didn’t matter, what would you do?
Brainstorm for each of these questions, and then use your answers to identify the top three talents you use most when you are successful. Rank them in order.
If you have problems with your choices, use the technique of comparing two analyses to rank the options in order.
Stocks of Personality
In the following, we will look at the use of personality stocks as a way of looking at your preferred way of working compared to other people.
There are many types of typologies available, including Myers Briggs, DISC (Dominance, Influence, Constancy and Compliance), and “Discover Your Strengths Now”.
Some of these costs are quite expensive, however, given the importance of what you do, it is probably worth investing in if you have not already done so.
It’s very difficult at the beginning to determine how to apply these tests. One of the tricks is to change things for the better, and to determine a possible career, given the type of personality that is likely to succeed in this career. Is there a match or an inconsistency?
Take these tests only as a consultation – you cannot capture the complexity of your personality and experience, with only a few questions. However, you will surely find the tests quite insightful.
With identity testing, you’ll find out what you have in common with other people. You will also identify potential friction points with other types of people. And while no personality type is good or bad, it will help you learn what motivates and energizes you. This in turn gives you the opportunity to look for these elements in the work that you choose, and to avoid things that reduce motivation and upset you.
As you learn about your identity, you will come to understand who you really are and decide on the choices you make. It is up to you to choose whether to respond in one way to another or to prefer one to another. You can use self-awareness to step forward by considering why you are making the choices you are making. What will be your payback for your choices, psychologically, in terms of the choices you make?
When you know “why” then it is easier to see what you can become by doing the work you do.
Write “Who I Am”
Now describe it all together in simple written form about who you are. This is an important step towards self-knowing and defining your goals.
Use it to answer the following questions:
- – What are your strengths and talents?
- – Your greatest talents.
- – The activity from which you get the most satisfaction.
- – The psychometric activity that you have chosen to guide yourself.
When you do this, be careful not to look back with nostalgia for a simple job that you have done well – after all, many different people can work well in simple situations, and this gives you little information.
Instead, focus on more complex areas where you have made positive changes and where others have failed.
Find Out What You Want to Do
Now that you know who you are, the next step is to think about what you want to do.
For your balanced and satisfying life, your career must be aligned with who you are: otherwise, you will be dissatisfied with your job and are likely to work below your capacity. In the end, a poorly chosen job will require all sorts of talents from you.
If you try to continue on a career path that runs counter to your values, your beliefs, your way of seeing the world, then you will constantly fight and be under great stress and pressure.
The starting point to do it right is to brainstorm for the job you think will suit you. We will then confirm this with various psychometric tests, and then expand the list with an in-depth brainstorming.
Then you should spend some time studying the top of the career you have chosen.
Explore Everything You Know About Yourself
Based on your “Who I am” application, start thinking about all the jobs that you can imagine that will fit the talents and interests in your application (depersonalizing in this way will help you avoid the possibility of “clinging to the subject”).
Starting here, it is very important to understand if you have already decided on a career: it is important to take advantage of the experience and connections that you have already created, compared to ruin everything and start an entirely new beginning. Although it sounds glamorous and tempting, it puts you in a competitive position on an equal footing with others who are starting out and maybe much younger than you.
On the other hand, if you will be deeply unhappy in your company, industry, or profession, a radical career change can benefit.
So first ask yourself if your current role can be adapted to you much better, if there are other roles within your current company that are worth trying, or if similar roles in other organizations might be more useful.
The main disadvantage of these career tests is that they are based on retrospective data and can only cope with basic types of careers. Therefore, they cannot recommend new careers and they are also unaware of lesser-known careers.
Using the test results as a starting point, brainstorm to see if there are new career technologies that require personalities like you and if there are unknown professions that can also be discovered.
Get It All Together
Now you have a wide range of possible careers open to you. Now would be a good time to reduce them and prioritize them. We are not asking you to choose one of the options, but it is necessary to reduce your top to 5 or 6 options (the reason is that when you start exploring these careers, some of them may not be suitable at all!).
Again, if you have trouble prioritizing, use the method of comparing two analyses to rank your choice.
Carry Out Career Research
Armed with a firm understanding of how you will participate in the work, you must now explore different ways of making money by doing so. Exploring a career is not something that many people do with pleasure, but it is necessary to rule out options that seem great on the outside and will actually not coincide with your mission and goals.
Yeah, it’s pretty exhausting. But think about the consequences of doing it wrong! Of course, it’s worth taking the time to explore your options, rather than kicking yourself for a bad choice all your life!
Career Research Methods Include:
- Career research will help you understand industry trends, pay levels, qualifications, job availability, etc.
- Conducting your own PEST Analysis to confirm your understanding of possible career trends.
- Reading the industry/career magazines to get an idea of how happy the industry is, which major players are in the industry, and what issues and problems there are. Also, keep an eye on jobs to see which careers are in demand.
- Understanding that talent and personality make people successful in their careers. Match these people to your talents and personality.
- Participation in professional exhibitions and trade shows.
- Participation in job fairs.
- Visiting company websites, as well as keeping track of how the company is reported in the press.
- Understand where the organization is based and decide if you will be ready to travel for an interview and if moving is possible.
Be careful when determining career opportunity trends: the desire to achieve a fast-growing career can overshadow your mission and goals. It will only lead to a dissatisfied descent down the road.
Also, keep in mind that people involved in the development of the industry have a natural desire to inflate the prospects of the industry (to ensure a good supply of new recruits in the future.) Take official data with a pinch of salt!
At the end of all this research, you may reject several possible careers. Now would be a good time to narrow down your choices to one. Again, the method of comparing two analyses can be useful here, and the Analysis grid can help you make comparisons where there are many factors.
Answer “How Do I Get This Job?”
In this final phase, you will answer the question: “What can I do to get a job?”
Your “Who I am” statement and your research will serve you as a compass, now you really need to compare your progress. Many people tend to deviate from their goals right through the job search phase. This is a mistake because if you do not have a plan, it is too easy to get off the track by getting a good offer from Uncle Vinnie, in the form of a highly paid job, a job that will sound really glamorous, and a whole range of other distractions.
Develop your initial plan and you will have a better chance of getting to where you want to go faster.
First, write down the name of the career you want in your notebook. What are the long-term prospects for you in terms of this career?
Write down the actions you need to take and the tasks you need to complete in order to get there. What qualifications do you have to get? What kind of experience do you have to gain? Which organization will give you the best start?
For each of these steps, create a detailed implementation plan.
Identify your short-term goals.
Confidently identify your SMART targets.
Go back and define contingency plans.
Do a “what if” analysis of your goals – “If you can’t get into graduate school this year, what will you do?”
The more contingency plans you have, the sooner you can survive the inevitable setbacks. You will also have much more confidence in yourself, despite the bumps in the road.
Admit that the more opportunities you have, the better the job you can choose. Focus on creating as many opportunities as you can!
Now you can realize your career dreams with confidence. There are no guarantees, of course, but with proper planning and a sufficient dose of reality, the career for which you are destined will materialize.
Signs of an Improperly Chosen Career:
- You don’t care about work problems.
- You feel that you’re being underestimated.
- Your advertising and/or development opportunities are limited.
- You’re not having fun anymore.
- Teaching is replaced by routine.
- You feel that your skills and talents are being wasted.
- You suffer from stress or depression.
The Key Points:
Finding a career direction is a process. The more effort you put into the planning stage, the better your results will be.
Discovering your true nature and your goals is a hard-emotional job, and you will have to go through this process several times during your working life. However, the effort is certainly worth it for you to ultimately have a clear sense of direction in the career you have chosen.