Many people struggle all their lives finding the right career. What makes the difference between people who get it right and those who continue struggling?
That's it. Really.
People are likely to plan a holiday in more detail than they'll ever plan their career.
If you're going on vacation I'll bet you spend a lot of time planning. You know where you're going and when. You know where you'll be staying and how much it will cost. If you're driving you'll plan the best route, calculate how much gas will cost.
But we seldom spend as much time choosing a career.
Many of us just put our thumbs out and take the first ride that looks interested in us!
In the past choosing a career was a job for professionals. You sat a test, and some dude in a suit told you what you should do.
These days a holistic approach to careers means that you actively participate in a complete analysis of your career and life situation. It goes way deeper than a test and can include coaching.
Why is finding the right career so important?
There's no simple formula for finding the right career because the right career is different for every one of us.
If you're convinced that the right career is important for you then you need to invest time now in your future. It will pay back massively!
Discovering the right career happens when you find the best fit between a career and your skills, abilities, personality and values. To get this right you need to do three things:
You'll notice that discover your interests and research different careers come first. Doing it this way opens up possibilities to find the best career that would not be available if you only focused on your current skills.
Use the valuable 4-part personal assessment below to start your journey to finding the right career.
Your 4-part assessment took time and some thinking but the results will help you make the best choices.
There is one last task though.
Having all this wonderful self assessment information is useless unless you apply it.
Take some time to review your skills, abilities and personality type. Try to align these to careers you have already researched.
If you struggle to do this then start with your abilities and consider careers that naturally fit your abilities. Then align your skills with possible careers.
Next, consider your personality type and any recommendations you received and align this with the career possibilities.
Finally, consider your values. Which of the careers will allow you to live your values?
Don't forget to get a copy of the best selling What Color Is Your Parachute? if you are serious about choosing the right career. This book is updated every year and will give you up to date practical examples, instructions, and advice for choosing a career.
Finding the right career can be a confusing process. You might find yourself with a mind boggling array of skills, abilities, values, and a personality to match!
If following the process outlined on this page has left you feeling more confused a professional career counsellor or a life coach will be able to help you gain perspective.
Choosing a career, and more importantly finding the right career, is an essential process many people never take the time to do.
Completing this process places you ahead of your competition and ensures that you will achieve success and a degree of contentment in your career.