Hello SOTGC community,
Check out this email I received the other day:
Subject: Took a career test…
“I fall right in the middle of two types. Of course. These are the careers that fit me…
conference planner- DUH doing that now but it’s pretty boring and unrewarding
speech pathologist- I have a speech impediment- CUT
HR development trainer- HR… no thank you
ombudsman- No idea what this is
clergy- what day and age was this career test created?
journalist- i like this, why didnt i major in this?
newscaster- speech impediment again
career counselor- cool but considering im taking a career test this is probably a great older job, down the line
housing director- sounds boring
acting- FUN, but unrealistic
artist- Would love to be if I was artistic what so ever.
dietitian/nutritionist- does cook fall under this, woudl much rather be a cook
speech pathologist- twice?!? is this a sign
veterinarian- sweet but no
social worker- no, like the idea but not the system
teacher: preschool- hazard to children
emergency room nurse- oh lord, traumatizing- no
exercise physiologist- noooo
public relations specialist- maybe yes
waiter/waitress- oh man, this is a recommended career for me?
labor relations mediator- who?”
Ever been there? Taken a career or personality test, and then wondered… what does this really mean, and where do I go next?
While I have nothing against these tests, I actually think they can be great to get the ball rolling – they don’t answer the real question.
How do I find a career I love, and make money doing it?
I’ll tell you below.
Step 1. Understand your values + belief system.
This is the stuff that drives your needs and cravings, builds fulfillment, and ultimately creates success. Time to get really clear on these so that we can pinpoint exactly why you are feeling “stuck” or “unfulfilled,” and point you in a better direction.
Step 2. Let’s figure out where you’re nailing it, and where you aren’t (in life, not just work).
You may not be able to see it now, but chances are you’re nailing it in more aspects than you think – capitalize on that, while cleaning up our “areas for improvement.”
Step 3. Analyze your current opportunities, connections, and realities.
Do you have a ton of opportunities in front of you, and your fear-based assumptions are holding you back from exploring them? Or, do we need to start getting creative in building you a network based around the field you really want to be in?
Step 4. Create a very specific strategy.
Time to put things on paper. Everything from the ideal life you want, to informational coffee meetings with your soon-to-be mentor.
Step 5. Rinse and Repeat.
Your dream job will fall into your lap. Yes, I said it. I believe it will, and I’ve seen it happen (a lot). But ONLY after you work really hard at Steps 1-4.
So let’s get started… what are you waiting for?
“You can fail at something you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance doing what you love.” – Jim Carrey
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And if you want individual help based off your situation, give me a call for a complimentary consult and I can let you know my two cents over the phone.