make a good career choice it is essential to
have a clear awareness of yourself. This is the crucial
foundation to career success
and a happy life that many
people pay far too little attention to.
are you? What do you have to offer others?
you want from life in return? You need to do whatever you can to assess
yourself and take stock of a number of factors.
key to this step is to be willing to ask
questions and keep asking as life unfolds. As you do this,
particular attention to anything which hints of your purpose and
passion for they are the essence of your internal career compass.
fundamental questions such as your
minimum requirements regarding:
- Money (how much
a year do you need to survive
in the early stages of a career change... and how much do you want down
do you want to work
geographically (list your preferences in rank order)?
relationships and family (any limitations or important factors to
remember)? For example, what will work for your partner and children?
(any limitations or factors)?
consider these deeper questions which
ultimately can be central to your well-being:
What do you enjoy most?
What need do you see in society that you could
- If you knew you
were going to die in 10 years
would you feel best about having done in the mean time?
two or three people you respect
and who know you fairly well. At least one should be from your office.
them you are gathering feedback to help you
evaluate your career direction and set up a meeting. If a face-to-face
meeting is difficult, a phone call or email connection with them may be
each of them the same three questions and
record their answers
What do you see
as my natural strengths?
What do you think
are my best skills?
What kind of
things could you see me doing well in the future?
responses you get will be very valuable in helping you to
see “blind spots” about yourself that you were
unaware of. For example, you may not have realized that other people
consider you to have an unusual ability to focus on computer work for
long hours or to handle difficult people when they get upset.
The one possible downside to this exercise is that sometimes our
co-workers and friends can only see us in our past roles and this
limits what they can see for us in the future. People who know us can
help or hinder us in imagining a new future for ourselves.
Pay attention to their feedback but consider carefully before
letting them steal your dreams. They should be helping you uncover new
dreams if they aren’t supporting your existing ones.
self assessment help
see The Complete Career
on the home page. It contains 9 self
Current Career Influences, Your Emotional State, Your Basic
Requirements, Strengths Feedback Check (see above), Life Areas Check,
Your Perceived Career Success Constraints, Your Work Values, Your
Occupational Interests, and Your Natural Abilities, Learn Skills, and
Knowledge Areas... plus
free access to online Interests and Personality