Have you discovered your ideal job yet? January is a time for change! With the New Year often comes new resolutions, new opportunities, new jobs and new careers.
Many of our clients come to us having been made redundant or simply feeling uninspired by their current role. Did you know that the average person will spend approximately 90,000 hours at work during their life? That’s a lot of hours to spend doing something you don’t love. As Confucius said:
“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Working with many clients who had found themselves at a career crossroads, most felt overwhelmed by choice. In order to help narrow down the search, we asked them to explore specific experiences from the past that they felt involved with and connected to. Perhaps they were totally lost in the moment, or it had a big impact on them.
One client recalled an important meeting with his company stakeholders. Beforehand, it was deemed that the meeting would be challenging so he understandably began to feel anxious. However, when the time came, he had the skills to step into the stakeholder’s shoes and see things from their perspective. This allowed him to diffuse any potential conflict and the meeting was a great success.
What did this experience highlight?
Our client was able to empathise with others and understand things from their point of view. In fact, when we explored other experiences from his past, we found that this was a common theme. He suddenly realised his value – and what he could offer a company.
Take a moment to recall career experiences that have resonated with you.
Is there a common theme? Identifying your innate skills, such as being able to see things from someone else’s perspective, is a step towards identifying your ideal job. We often take these skills for granted; they’re so ingrained in us that we just do them naturally! We forget all about them.
Using these innate skills, we can steer ourselves into a more fulfilling career direction. Your ideal job will most likely be one that uses these skills every day!
What innate skills have you identified?
If they are more generalist (for example being able to empathise with others, being a great problem-solver or enjoying leading a team) then there are many occupations open to you, so it’s often hard to know which direction to choose. If your innate skills are more specialist (for example if you are an expert in a specific subject or area) then finding your ideal job will be easier, as it will be more obvious which organisations to target.
Whatever you do, don’t stay in a job that leaves you feeling flat. Take the plunge and find your ideal job in 2017.
Need us to help steer you in the right direction? Get in touch with Katherine and Lindsey and take control of your career.
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