Finding the right career
Changing Careers – Part 2 Finding the right career to suit you
Finding the right career – in Part 1 (link below) we thought about whether career change could benefit you, and suggested some questions that might help you to be clearer about your decision. While it can be tempting to skip straight from that to looking at specific careers, it’s often a good idea to spend some time first thinking about what motivates you as a person and what you really want?
This is Part 2 of a three-part series; In Part 1 we thought about whether career change could benefit you and suggested some questions that might help you to be clearer about your decision. In Part 3 (Link below) we have a check list to help you make a final decision on whether you really should make the change
Think about your interests, inside and outside work – what are you looking for from a career? Once you’ve worked this out, you can start building up a picture of your ideal job and you can find out which careers match it most closely
Finding the right career – career planning: where to start!
Unless you’ve got a clear idea of what you want to do, it can be difficult to know where to start. And if you do have a career in mind, how do you know whether you’ve considered all your options?
As a starting point to finding the right career , you could try sitting down with a piece of paper and listing:
- Courses you’ve taken in the past, or are taking now
- Any jobs you’ve had, including voluntary work
- Interests outside work
- Any other significant experiences, like travelling
Then ask yourself:
- Why you chose to do the things you have listed?
- Which parts you really enjoyed?
- Which parts you found frustrating or boring?
- Which parts you were best at?
- Which parts you found a challenge?
- What have other people said about your contribution?
- What other people have told you you’re good at?
You should start to see some patterns emerging; the types of skills you enjoy using, the sort of environment you perform best in and the types of people you like working with.
You can use this knowledge to help pinpoint areas of work you might enjoy.
Exploring types of careers
Once you have got an idea of areas you might want to work in, the next step is to check out some career profiles. These will give you information about the opportunities available in a particular line of work – and what skills and qualifications you’re likely to need.
Finding the right career – you can find job profiles for over 800 different types of job, from archivist to zoologist, on the National Careers Service website at this link
Help with career planning
If you need support form a coach in making a decision about a career change, please get in touch. I wish you every success in making your decision and, if it is right for you, making your career change.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link