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.

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