Changing/Choosing a Career – Making The Right Decisions
Changing or choosing a career and making the right decisions about your future is essential for your future happiness and wellbeing. It is unlikely to be resolved in a few days and it’s not something to be rushed into. You need to spend time getting to know yourself well, so that you know deep down what you want t get out of your life and career.
While attending various kinds of workshops can help to give you the skills to go out there and apply for jobs and to learn new skills, you need to firstly decide where next before you apply for any jobs, study courses or training. That is where the regular support of a coach as you explore your options comes in, helping you to prepare, focus and make more considered decisions.
With the following questions, if you catch yourself saying “it is NOT ‘XYZ’” or “I do not want ‘XYX’”, ask yourself, “And when it is NOT ‘XYZ’, it is ‘ABC’” or “I want ‘ABC’”, where ‘ABC’ is a compelling statement that you feel good about, and which sounds and looks good.
- If money, experience, education, age and wealth were not an issue, what would your dream job be?
- What is it about that job that is so compelling to you?
- What elements of that job are essential to you in your future career?
- And what is it, which is important to you about those essential elements?
The work that you do is a large part of your life and it will impact on the other parts of your life away from work. The amount and kind of sacrifices and gains will vary as you progress through your career, change jobs/responsibilities, and when you undertake study/training. Without firstly identifying what is important to you as a person right from the outset. you do not have a bench mark to measure and assess your career against.
And whether it is your first career or your next career that you are planning for, it will take both time and money to prepare for.
Which is better? :-
- To spend your time and money guided by your past, personal history and current skills and knowledge.
- To spend your time and money on gaining the skills and knowledge that will get you to where you want to be in the future.
With one to one coaching you have the space to open up to someone whose only agenda is to support you in your agenda. Friends and relatives despite their best intentions may not give the best advice for you, clouded by their beliefs on what they think is best for you, and it is often given when it is not really sought.
A coach will:-
- listen to you and ask you questions that help you to clear up, tidy and organise your thoughts.
- help you to determine what is and what is not important to you, and to identify what you want more and less of in your life, and to plan for a future that you want.
- help you to distinguish what you really want, from what you think you want and those wants that you are “supposed” to have.
- help you to gain greater confidence to make to difficult decisions you have to make and to enact the undertakings you have committed yourself too.
- enable you to predetermine and prepare for the sacrifices you will have to make and to plan for them.
- help you to be fully aware what the benefits you will achieve as a result of the decisions and actions you will take.
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