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Finding the Career Path for You


Where to from here?

As an individual faced with the prospect of finding a new job you may be feeling a mixture of emotions; fear, trepidation, stress, sadness, or possibly excitement and enthusiasm. A change in your employment brings about different reactions from different people and everyone’s journey is unique.

So many people lament the fact that they are yet to find their "true calling", their career path divinely intended for them. Is there such a thing?

I do believe that when one finds their "thing", all the pieces fall into place and there really is a sense that universal forces are conspiring in your favour. I question though, whether there is some pre-determined role/career assigned to you from birth that you need to find. I think it is simply about discerning what you like, what you don't like and being clear about what vehicle will enable you to fulfill those preferences.

Values. They are always at the heart of it. First work out what you truly VALUE.

First establish an awareness of your core values. The things you value most in life. These are your compass. They guide your decisions, influence your experience of the world and inform your choices.

I believe the mistake many people make is focussing on the attainment of a certain role/position to fulful their passion, however a job is merely the vehicle to achieve the feelings and conditions you desire.

"Everything that everybody wants is because they think they will feel better in the having of it." Esther Hicks.

Identify how you want to feel, then the rest will sort itself out. Really.

First identify your values, beliefs, passions, aspects of work that you enjoy most, tasks that make your heart sing, and the tasks that drain you. 

Once you piece together all the conditions and feelings you want to experience in your career, the most amazing thing starts to happen. Having identified what you want, roles that are a match to that start appearing in your start noticing positions, roles, industries you never considered before. People start coming into your experience who are conduits to achieving this goal. It's almost like cosmic forces are working in your favour. Whether there's something cosmic at play or whether it is just hightened awareness of what you want - opportunities start to become visible.

For example, someone I had been working with had told me that the following emotions and conditions were desired in their next role:

  • Working close to home
  • Freedom to work from home and spend time with the children
  • Working with integrity and honesty
  • Selling a product that is fun yet meaningful
  • Designing the day ahead and managing their own time
  • Being personally accountable for achievement of goals
  • Meeting local people and immersing themself in the local community
  • Being part of a team big enough to have sufficient working structures in place to learn from, but small enough to be noticed as more than a number
  • Having their input taken on board and their opinions considered.
  • Learning constantly and growing intellectually
  • Feeling inspired, light, positive and motivated
  • Feeling connected, valued and heard
  • Building relationships and working locally

So, these conditions could apply to many different roles in many different industries. There is nothing in there about qualifications, skills, experience being matched to a role. Those are secondary. Important, but secondary.

In this case the individual found work in a local real estate company, which was a huge career and mindset shift. This person is now flourising, having realised the perfect vehicle to ensure they can act in accordance with their values.

It is important to conduct some self-exploration to look at how and why you ended up in your previous job and whether you were really happy in your role. This is a very important step in the process as we take time to reflect on where you have been, where you are now and where you really want to be. 

In summary, some important steps to finding work that will make your heart sing:

  • Identify your Primary Drivers and Core Values
  • Identify your Motivators and Preferences
  • Define your Goals and Personal Vision
  • Conduct a Skills, Knowledge and Strengths Inventory
  • Craft a Personal Mission Statement
  • Recap on your career, identify your skills and pinpoint your strengths. It is a very important step in the process and defines your key areas of marketability for use in your resume, cover letter and interview practice. It is common for people to overlook their strengths or assume they are just a natural part of being a good employee, however skills such as sociability and adaptability for example are highly desirable and should not be underestimated. Recall occasions when you have demonstrated these skills by discussing examples
  • Define your primary career goal and your personal mission statement.
  • Look to your VALUES. You may be surprised to find that your goal is more aligned with your values than a job itself. For example frequently I hear people say things like “I want to have creative freedom to express myself” or “I want to make a difference in people’s lives” rather than “I want to be a Graphic Artist” or “I want to be a counselor.”

"Achieving purpose and fulfulment is an abstract and intangible experience. You know it when you experience it. You can't see it. You can't touch it. It is not a concrete thing. Yet the question is usually asked in a concrete way." - Life on Purpose, Philip Oude-Vrielink

About the author:

Melanie Kearsey is an S3 Business Solutions Specialist. Melanie works with businesses and individuals to help them to flourish. She enjoys shining a light on people's strengths and helping people get to where they want to be.

S3 can assist you to find your calling through coaching and career counselling services and are affiliated with an exceptional service network of coaches and trainers who can help you identify your path.

Recommended reading "Life on Purpose" - Philip Oude-Vrielink



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