Finding Career Direction

Video Transcript

Discover how to find career direction, with
James Manktelow & Amy Carlson.

James Manktelow: Hello, I'm James Manktelow, CEO of, home to hundreds of free, career-boosting tools and resources.

Amy Carlson: And I'm Amy Carlson from Mind Tools.

When was the last time that you really examined the career you're in?

Are you happy doing what you're doing, or do you sometimes feel that there's another career path that might be a better fit?

All of us have unique talents and skills. And when we're in a career where we can use those skills on a regular basis, our happiness and productivity soars.

However, many people aren't sure how to go about finding their perfect career.

It's a process that can take a great deal of thought and contemplation, but can ultimately lead to rewarding, exciting work.

JM: There are three questions that you need to ask yourself to find the right career.

The first question is, "Who Am I?"

We know this is an incredibly broad and complex question. But you can start by identifying your talents and strengths.

Which of your skills do people respect the most? Which skills have lead to your greatest achievements?

You may also want to do a personality test such as Myers-Briggs, or a strengths-finder evaluation. These tests can help you to see personality traits or strengths that you might otherwise overlook.

From this, write down your top three talents.

You can then use your findings to write a Who I Am statement that lists your key talents and strengths, and the activities that you most enjoy.

AC: 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 be best suited to your talents and strengths?

Which of those careers also match the values that you hold?

Then look at the career you're in right now. Is there any way that you can adapt your role to better fit your talents and strengths? Are there any openings available in your organization that would allow you to use your strengths more?

A tool such as Schein's Career Anchors can help here, as it will help you understand what you enjoy about your current career.

If there are no options in your organization, then you might want to start researching other career paths.

You can discover potential careers by attending trade shows and job fairs, reading trade magazines, and talking to people who work in the roles that you identify.

It can be a time-consuming process, but the more you analyze other industries and careers, the likelier you are to find a field that you're really excited about.

JM: Once you've found a field you're really interested in, the last question you'll need to ask yourself is, "How do I get hired?"

Start by writing out every step that you'll need to take to get into this new field.

Will you need a different degree? Are there any certifications you need? Is there any place where you can volunteer to get some valuable experience?

Set short-term goals to keep yourself on track. And, then start working to achieve those goals.

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!

  • 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....

  • 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:

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