“I am not happy with my career, but how to do I start making changes when I don’t know what I want?”
Many clients come to me as to feel more in control of their career; the want some career planning. Until now, it is something that often has just happened and they are not sure what they want for their future, let alone how to create it.
A change, such as becoming a parent, returning to work or redundancy, may have you considering what you want; this may be the first time you have looked into taking control.
You may have an idea of what you want to do, but NO idea how to get there.
You may even be considering starting your own business but not sure what you can do.
Either way, I imagine you don’t know how to make the first step.
Let me help you!
An ideal career will cross off three main areas:
• What you enjoy.
• What you are good at.
• What other people need.
Job satisfaction issues, or confusion about the next step to take, often occur as you don’t cover off all these areas; for example you may be good at something, but don’t enjoy it.
Or, you may enjoy it, but it isn’t a service, product or skills people want, or need.
So, we are looking at finding something where you feel satisfied, the majority of the time, in all three areas!
Your first step in planning your career is taking some time and reflect on all three areas. Simply take a pen and paper and jot down your answers to each.
For most people, this doesn’t come easily. Don’t fret, I’m going to walk you through this process.
Start brainstorming all the things you do that you enjoy doing. Be it a work or in your spare time. Remember, this isn’t just about what you are paid to do, but what you choose to do.
Next, consider what you do well. How do you know that you do it well? Feedback or a feeling? Both are valid.
Take a step back and consider what skills, experiences or behaviours you have used to get it done!
Each time, consider which category or categories these fit into:
• What do you enjoy?
• What are you good at?
• What other people need or want?
You may find they fit into more than on category. That is fine. Don’t forget, we are aiming for at least two areas to be covered, ideally all three!
The evidence that you have that you are good at something, and that you enjoy, can also uncover if it is something people want or need. It may be you are employed to do these things, friends, family or contacts ask you to do that it is a sign. Maybe do some research to see if other companies offer what you want to do, or if there are job titles similar to your idea role?
This will take time, you can’t plan your career overnight.
You will start to seen trends or themes coming out. The beginning of any career planning is to understand yourself better.
From this, ask yourself which elements of your work and life experience you would like to continue. You can now understand what you CAN DO and what skills and experience you ALREADY HAVE to make it happen.
There is the first step of career planning done! You know have a better understanding of what you want.
Now, ask yourself. How will you make it happen?
If you would like to join a group of likeminded parents working on their career, join The Balance Collective with Clara Wilcox.
You can also get the Career Map Strategy, with a special offer 2017 price, to help take your ideas to reality by following this link.