Life Skills Mini – How to Assess your Career Options

Life Skills Mini – How to Assess your Career Options

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Welcome to Life skills in mini-series. Today
we will talk about How to assess your career
options? Looking back at your career, did you really
take time planning for it? Most people would
just grab whatever opportunity was given
to them and not really pause and think about
how they will progress in the future. Often, we make our decisions based on the
opportunities being provided, rather than
having a clear career path that takes us
to the place that we have purpose, meaning
and fulfillment in life. How do we get ourselves out of the pattern
of a stressful career choice and really start
creating a career that we want and look forward
to? The first step is to describe your current
work situation. What is your current occupation
today and how long have you been doing it? Can you list down five positive things about
your current occupation and what are the
things about your current occupation that
you would like to change or not change at
all? It’s common for people not to start looking
at their current state. They tend to only
look at the negative side of their situation
and compare themselves with other people. Never allow yourself to compare with others,
if you start doing that, then you will not
see that you are progressing in life. Instead
of comparing with others, see how you have
progress from last year. When you are done reflecting, what are the
things you can do to improve or change about
your current occupation. Write down all those
things in a piece of paper to get a clear
picture of what it looks like. Most people would just leave those thoughts
in their minds, instead of doing that, write
it down so you can utilize that space in
your mind for creative thinking. Get those
papers out and start taking notes. Also consider, that there are situations
when you can’t change anything about your
environment or there might be things that
you don’t like. What else can you do to deal with the problems
or anxieties that these things cause you?
List down everything and see what you can
come up. Don’t filter your thoughts, let it imagine,
visualize and write down what comes to mind.
Remember to let go of any limiting beliefs
you have with this activity. You are given
permission to be creative. Have you started writing down alternative
options you have in your current occupation
that you might like to consider as your career? Now let’s remember that occupation is your
profession like a civil engineer, your career
is a construction manager. List down 3-5
possible alternative options in your profession
that you might like to consider. Realistically, how long do you think it would
take you to get a job in one of those new
options? If it will take longer time, what
are the other options you have for the meantime
while you make your situation better. Explore the options you have listed. You
might want to look at different jobs not
listed and try to do a short term, temporary
or trial basis which might be better than
your current occupation or maybe a great stepping stone towards one
of the options you have identified. List
all the possibilities that you can think
of in your notes. Now, there are some situations that you need
a different perspective from other people.
Think of a person that you think would be
of value to you and write down how they might
be helpful. If you have already sought views from others,
write down the outcome so you can see how
it can help you. If you have any relevant information that
you feel may be of help to the decisions
you need to make, write them down too. The
more ideas you can think of, the better options
you have when you make the decision. That’s it for life skills mini-series. I
offer a coaching program for individuals
who are highly accomplished and are constantly
reading and learning and want to make a big impact in their career
space but a bit intimidated by the next step.
If this sounds like you, get in touch with
me.

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