Wednesday, 30 September 2015

How to achieve the best career path for you - Step 3

Creating a plan of action to achieve your new career goal
 
In my January blog I wrote about how building your self-awareness is the first best step towards identifying a career that suits you and in my September blog I wrote about how, when you have achieved this, it is time to start identifying and exploring different career and job ideas.

One you have progressed through these two steps, it is time to assess the suitability of the different career and job options you have discovered and narrow them down to those that best suit you.  To help you carry out this assessment, continue to talk to people working within the relevant career fields and work out how closely each role matches your skill set and interests.  Evaluate each option and work out the gaps needed to be filled in order to work in each area. 

Once you have narrowed down your options, set your new career goal and create a plan of action to achieve this goal.  Write down when you want to achieve it by and each step you will need to take to get there. 

Your action plan may include investigating sources of vacancies, preparing a CV and making applications where relevant.  You may want to contact recruitment agencies or attend seminars and conferences.  It is also really important to continue talking to relevant people within the career field you have identified - you never know who may open a door for you.  Networking is often the best way to move in to a new role.

You may also want to spend some time researching interview techniques and finding someone to practise with.

Finally, remember to celebrate when you have achieved the best career for you!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

How to achieve the best career path for you - step 2

Discovering and exploring career possibilities and ideas
 
In my January blog, I wrote about how building your self-awareness is the first best step towards identifying a career that suits you.  When you have achieved this, it is time to start identifying and exploring different career and job ideas.
 
If you haven’t done so already, use the information in my January blog to help you to identify which skills and qualities you would like to take forward and use in your career.   Once you have achieved this, have a think about what these skills and qualities say about you.   Are there any common themes?  What is missing from your current job that you would like to include in your career?
 
Now think of as many career and job ideas as you can based on your skills, qualities and personality.  Perhaps ask your friends and family for ideas or have a go at answering this question:
 
  • Which jobs would you like to try out for one week?
Make sure you write down ALL your ideas – even those you may feel are an impossibility….don’t write-off any job or career opportunities at this stage.  Ignore the voices in your head that say ‘you can’t do that job’.  They are only ideas at the moment and with some thought and dedication you may be able to make them a reality. 
 
Now start investigating the careers you have identified.  Use your contacts to build your knowledge about each idea and contact relevant organisations or companies to find out more. 
 
At the end of this step, the question you are aiming to answer is:
 
‘What are the names of jobs and careers that would give me the best chance to use my skills, in a field that is based on my interests?’
 
Enjoy your investigations!
 
The third and final step will be to start creating a plan of action to develop your chosen career path and I will be covering this in my next blog.
 
The more career ideas you investigate, the better you will be at choosing the right career for you.