If you are at a career crossroads you are often slightly confused about the next steps you should take.
Should your career path continue in the same vein as it is now or, are you totally dissatisfied and disillusioned, burnt out or just out of work and do not know what to do next? Whatever your situation, professional support in the form of a career consultant is always a useful start. However, before you make contact, why not have a go at these thought-provoking career exercises. The results will be illuminating and give you some ideas about where your career could go next and an agenda to discuss.
Career exercises to promote self-awareness
- Take a large sheet of flipchart paper and make a map of how you got to where you are now in your career.[pullquote]Not having a career plan quickly puts us at the mercy of those who do have one[/pullquote]
- Draw a river
- Add tributaries and waterfalls feeding into the main stream for successes and achievements
- Show dams and other obstacles where things got blocked or failed
- Which of these are you best at?
- numbers, words, images, people
- Email seven friends and tell them you are taking part in an experiment which forces you to ask them what five jobs they believe you might be suited to other than the career you are currently pursuing/working in.[pullquote]A change in your career may involve a shift in your circle of friends[/pullquote]
- Give a score out of 10 to each of the following career skills:
- To create
- To help
- To serve
- To teach
- To design
- To build
- To earn
- Rank in order of importance:
- money, creativity, respect, stability
Career tools are used to help support choices, develop self-awareness and ensure that your carer path is viable and will be one where you can have genuine career satisfaction.
A previous contact wrote: I’ve taken loads of those assessments because 1. when I was younger I was profoundly confused about what I should do with myself and 2. I guess I’m just interested in learning more about what makes me tick.The information I gleaned was interesting and somewhat useful, but here’s what really would have helped: A follow-up session or two with a good career counsellor who could have helped me explore the implications of the findings.
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