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Finding Career Direction Video

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Learn how to gain a clear sense of the
direction your career should be going in.

When was the last time that you really examined your career? Are you happy with what you're doing, or do you feel that another career path might suit you better?

All of us have unique skills and strengths. And when we use them regularly at work, our happiness and productivity soars. But how do you find a career that matches these talents, so that you can enjoy the personal and professional satisfaction you deserve?

This process often takes a great deal of thought, but it can ultimately lead to rewarding and exciting work. 

You need to ask yourself three questions to find the right career. The first is, "Who am I?" We know this is an incredibly broad and complex question, but it's important to identify your talents and strengths. Which of your skills do people respect most? And which talents have led to your greatest achievements? You may also want to complete a personality test such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, or a strengths-finder evaluation. These can help you identify traits or strengths that you might otherwise overlook. From this, write down your top three talents.

Next, use your findings to create a “Who I Am” statement that lists your key strengths, and the activities you most enjoy.

The next question you need to ask yourself is, "What do I want to do?" Look at your “Who I Am” statement. What kind of jobs would best suit your talents and strengths? Which of these also match your values?

Then look at the career you're in. How can you adapt your role to fit your talents better? Are there any openings in your organization that would allow you to use your strengths more? Using a tool such as Schein's Career Anchors can help you understand what you enjoy most about your current role.

Finally, ask yourself, "How do I make the move?" Start by writing out the steps you must take to get into this new field. Will you need different qualifications? Can you job shadow or volunteer in another department to get some valuable experience? Set short-term goals to keep yourself on track. Then start working toward achieving them.

You can learn much more about finding career direction in the article that accompanies this video.

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Comments (4)
  • Over a month ago Dianna wrote
    Hi Nitin,
    Finding your true career direction is not always easy. A few people seem to know from a very early age what they were 'destined' to do, however I think most of us aren't blessed with that kind of clarity.

    And to complicate things, our interests and passions change as we gain life experience. So I always like to keep checking in with this tool and make sure I am on the right path and continue to be working in the right direction for myself.

    Glad you are enjoying the tool!

    Dianna
  • Over a month ago nmjoshi wrote
    The resource is a brilliant some as it has been designed keeping in mind the problem of everybody. The design is beautiful. I have been a lot of friends and most of them have similar problem including myself. I have using ur tools and trying to get to the root of the problems and I have also realized and zeroing down is not easy. The mind is too fertile and unstable. One momemt I like this and the other moment I like something else. I am sure over a period of time I will focus on the one and will focus on two rabbit....


    Nitin
  • Over a month ago James wrote
    Hi everyone

    Just letting your know that we’ve just published a new video for this topic.

    Click here to watch the video:
    http://www.mindtools.com/community/pages/main/videos.php#career

    James
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