‘Help me find a career’ is the request from many of our career coaching clients. They are not alone, there are around 2 million Google searches a month on ‘help me find a career’. Having the right career is so important to overall happiness and satisfaction with life.
If you get it wrong it can lead to depression, stress and a failure to fulfil your potential. However finding a career can be quite a difficult process because you have to take into account a number of key factors.
This article entitled ‘Help me find a career’ is written for those in work looking for a change of career direction, those who are out of a job considering what to do next and those leaving university, college or school deciding on the right career choice. There are 10 steps to follow to help you make the right career choice. The first few steps enable you to consider what you might like to do. The other steps give you some practical considerations that need to be taken into account in your final career decision.
The advice given here is based on the author’s experience as an HR Director and as Director of this Career Coaching Company. We have enabled many people to consider the right career choice for themselves and they are now in jobs they love doing where the time just seems to fly by.
Ten Steps to Finding the Right Career
- A great exercise to put you on the path to finding a career is to consider the things you love doing and the things you hate doing. After all if you can have a job containing all the things you love doing and none of the things you hate, it ought to be perfect for you. To start, list out 10 things that you would be doing in a day, when you get out of bed and feel totally energised. Then list out the 10 things you would be doing in a day, if you got out of bed feeling totally drained. If you have work experience base the majority of items on the lists on things in your work experience (although you might include leisure pursuits as well if they really energise you). If you have no work experience consider both your college or university day as well as your leisure time. This list should give you some useful pointers. Do your energisers include lots of things related to being with people? Or do you prefer activities that require you to work alone and analyse, plan and organise? Use your list of energisers and drains as a checklist against possible jobs. You want a job that contains at least half you energisers and as few drains as possible.
- Consider your values (those things that are important to you) such as; independence, helping others and job security. You should be looking for a job that aligns with your values. This is a good careers values test if you find it hard to create a list on your own.
- Once you know your energisers, drains and careers values you are in a better position to consider which jobs will provide a good match for you. This is the next stage and it’s where you start to narrow down the options. This career explorer takes a lot of work out of this stage as it maps your passions and values and suggests possible jobs. You can then use this comprehensive list of careers to look at other career options that are similar to the ones suggested at the first site. There are hundreds of jobs listed and for each one you can get details of what the job involves doing and the job requirements.
- By this stage you should have narrowed down you career choices down to no more than five possibilities. Now you should go and research each of these possibilities in more detail. Use the internet, and also go out and find people doing the jobs. Talk to all your contacts (friends, family, and work colleagues) to find people who are in the jobs on your list. Get them to give you an introduction, saying they suggested you call. Most people will be delighted to tell you about what they do. Consider carefully what you need to find out. The next steps will help you with this.
- If you are looking for a change of career consider your transferable skills carefully. So if you have to do lots of planning and organising, you are equipped for any job that requires this skill. A good example is people who have led others in the army. They have leadership skills that can be used in all sorts of jobs. You should list out your transferable skills to give you a good idea of what you have to offer an employer.
- What qualifications and experience are required for the jobs on your list? Are you prepared to put in the study to get the qualifications you need? If not you can strike the job from your list. Remember though you could still study part-time to get the job of your dreams, whilst continuing to earn a salary in a different job. Lots of people have done this successfully (me included).
- How mobile are you? Will your preferred jobs require you to relocate? If you have to move somewhere else will the salary paid cover all your costs and give you a decent living?
- What are the salary prospects? What is the pay on starting? How does the salary progress? Is the whole package (all benefits e.g. salary, bonus, discounts, healthcare, company car) going to provide you with the income you need?
- What are the prospects for advancement? Can you get promoted and take on more responsibility and bigger challenges? This may not be important to you, but think carefully about a job that pays a good salary now but little chance of other opportunities. Do you want to be doing the same thing for the next 20 years? Also consider whether you can get further development and training and improve your skills in this job? Many jobs offer this and it builds your skills and marketability for the future.
- What kind of lifestyle will the job offer? Does this match your list of values? So in some professional firms like accountants and lawyers the hours are really long, although the salaries are good. This will mean a good standard of living but perhaps little time to pursue some of your favourite interests, or to see you friends and family.
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