Whats Youre True Career Calling
We all have core values which guide how we live our lives. To complement our values we have personal skills and strengths, which we don’t always know we possess. When you enjoy certain activities, the skills you use are not always recognisable, because they come naturally to you.
To have a job which suits your values, strengths and interests will add purpose and fulfilment to your life. How much thought have you given to matching your personality traits and skills to your career choice? Not just a career that pays the bills or funds a lavish lifestyle, but a fulfilling and exciting career – your dream career.
We all deserve to be in a role that we feel passionate about. It doesn’t matter what your current career situation, there is an exciting career waiting for you. The key to finding that new career path is to understand the following about yourself:
• Core life values
• Life interests
• Life and work strengths
• Personality traits
• The elements of your life and work that do or do not make you happy
Spend some time thinking through the above points and begin to brainstorm your feelings, ideas and options. Try asking a friend to comment on what they feel are your strengths. Just as important is fully understanding what elements of your current role you do not enjoy and to avoid or reduce these responsibilities in your next role.
If you find this task difficult, then use a structured coaching toolkit such as ‘My Dream Career’. This toolkit will guide you to becoming more aware of your strengths, skills and interests and discover when you enjoy using them most.
The next step is to explore which industries and careers are available to you. What will compliment your skills, interests and values? Research is a key tool, souse all types of media available (e.g. internet, local and national newspapers), where roles are advertised, and determine what it is that really interests you.
Once you have several options, it can be beneficial to speak to others you know of who are already in those roles and industries. This will help you create a clear picture of what those roles entail. Keep an open mind and do not discount any options just on one conversation. Be aware that one individual’s perception is likely to be very different to another’s.
Finally consider what practical steps you need to take to have the career of your dreams, for example additional training or experience or even having a comprehensive job finding strategy.