You may have been told as a child that you could be or do anything you wanted in this life. Did you believe it? Did you take the message to heart and create a plan to do just that? Probably not. Each of us takes a different path through this world we call a career. Some seem to have it all figured out early in life, they know exactly what they want to be when they “grow up”. Others never seem to have a plan for their career and yet end up with the best jobs and say they wouldn’t trade their path for anything. A funny thing happens along the way, though. Often times it’s the people who have it figured out early that end up being the most unhappy in their career. These are also the ones that will be the most hesitant to make a change and try something new.
There’s an old saying that goes something like this:
“You can’t get to where you’re going until you know where you are.”
That is so true in terms of your career. Until you are comfortable with certain aspects of the work experience, you can never find the thing that truly makes you happy (or at least satisfied).
When we are coaching individuals about their career paths, we take a simple approach that leads to incredible results. The formula looks something like this:
- Who are you? What do your personality, behavioral traits, expectations about work and career, and current work environment tell you about the types of work that appeal to you.
- What drives your passion? When you think about your current position, or positions you have had in the past, what were the components of those jobs that drove your interests and fueled your desire to do your best work. Are there two or three things that stand out?
- What are you good at? Each of us has a set of skills that we bring to the work environment. Some of those skills are natural abilities, things that just come easily to you. Others are skills learned through formal education or on the job training. Finally, there are the intangibles. Things that are harder to quantify, but you know they are skills when you see them. The ability to build consensus in a group, for example.
When you understand these three components it becomes a much easier task to find a job or company that provides you with a platform to engage your unique blend of skills, interests, and personality.
If you’d like to learn more about yourself and how to find that place where your satisfaction has a higher probability of occurring, consider our career coaching approach.