Monday, 18 March 2013

Which career will best suit my skills and experiences?

There must be something out there I would enjoy.

I have no idea what I want to do.

I am not sure if this is what I want to do forever.

How do I change career?

I speak to a number of people each week who are feeling disillusioned by their current role and want to change career.  However, they are struggling to identify a career that would best suit their skills, experiences and personality.  They are spending hours searching the internet for jobs and reading hundreds of job advertisements in the hope that one will stand out as their dream job for the future. 

Perhaps a dream job can be discovered this way but you will find this method extremely time consuming and a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. 

If you have spent a lot of time searching for job advertisements, now may be the time to have a short break from the internet and take a step back into your own world.  This is the time to start developing your self-awareness and find out who you are and want you want. 

What does this mean?  Well, first start assessing your skills, strengths and interests.  What do you enjoy doing?  What are you good at?  Find out what really makes you tick.  You could ask trusted friends and family for help in developing your ideas. 

Next, consider what is really important to you in your personal and working life.  Would you be willing to move for your career?  How much do you want to earn?  How many hours are you willing to work?

Whilst making these assessments about yourself, spend time imagining your first day in your ideal job.  Where are you? What would you be doing?  Who would you be talking to?  Find out what your imagination can tell you.

Keep thinking and once you have really gained an understanding of who you are, this is the time to start exploring different career ideas which closely match your discoveries.

Building your self-awareness is the first best step to enable the discovery of what you want to do.

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