We need to find a career that plays to our strengths and matches our values.
People often feel stuck in roles that they simply fell into in their younger years.
At times like these, we find that we ask the wrong questions.
For example, instead of "What do I want to do," we could be asking:-
"What do I really care about?"
"What am I naturally good at?"
"What problems do I want to solve?"
Talking about this can help you figure out where you feel you're best placed.
Here's our 3 tips to help you reflect on your next step
To understand what career might make you really happy, think about your collection of skills, experiences, passions and values.
Draw a wheel with six segments and in each one write down your skills, passions, experience, character, values and motivators.
For example, are you good at being organised, focused, a team player, a leader, researcher?
Look also at your personal skills: are you a calm person, kind, good at asking questions, giving advice, resilient?
Include everything that may come to mind, you can come back to it - you don't have to complete this all in one go!
Move through to Passions ...
What can you lose yourself in?
- Creating Art
Move your way through experience, character, values, motivators, qualities.
1. What are the experiences that made your heart sing?
2. What character traits make you feel you're aligned?
3. What personal and work values are crucially important to you?
4. What are the important motivators that get you through the day?
5. What qualities make you shine? What stands out for you? What you see in yourself often is what you want to see in others.
Let's take one of your Passions
For example, if you love dancing.... ask yourself questions relating to that.
1. When was the last time you danced?
2. How often do you watch others dance?
3. What type of music to you prefer to dance to?
Move through each segment, asking yourself questions to go deeper.
Are you having any insights from digging a bit deeper? If your passion is not featuring in your life very much, is is it still up there?
2. Being out in nature
3. Being with animals
Are these core areas active in your daily life?
Are you sitting in an office job and not getting access to any of the things that you enjoy?
Does it matter to you that you're not incorporating things that you enjoy in your life?
Is there balance anyway?
What motivates you?
Money, Security, Solitude, Silence, Peace, Happiness, Anxiety, Pleasure.
Try and pull all of this together to get a picture of what feels like your next right move.
It may just be about confirmation that you're on the right track and you don't need to do anything, but it's always a good idea to have some time to review and reflect.
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