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The Most Important Things For My Career Are:

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments
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Finding a career path

I frequently meet with students who are struggling to figure out their path in life.  Often I find the challenge is that they are spending a lot of time worrying about what they think they SHOULD be doing and not enough time reflecting on what they WANT to be doing.  As I have stated many times, it is abundantly important to focus on finding a career that is fulfilling and in line with your personal preferences, attributes, and skills. 

To start this process of reflection, think about the point that you are currently at in life – based on your likes, values, skills, and needs number from 1 to 5 the top priorities for you when it comes to your career.  As you move through your career your priorities will likely shift;  thus, it is good to take a look at these every few years to see if your priorities align with what you are actually doing.  If they do not, it may be time for a strategic change.

Help Society: I want to do something which contributes to improving the world we live in

Help Others: I want to be directly included in helping other people, either individually or in small groups

Public Contact: I want to have a lot of day-to-day contact with the public

Work with Others: I want to work as a team member toward common goals

Work Alone: I want to do projects by myself with limited contact with others

Competition: I want to engage in activities which put my abilities against others

Make Decisions: I want to have the power to decide courses of action

Work Under Pressure: I want to work in situations where time pressure is prevalent

Influence People: I want to be in a position to influence the attitudes or opinions of other people

Knowledge: I want to engage in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding

Expertise: I want to become an expert in whatever work I do

Artistic Creativity: I want to engage in creative artistic expression

General Creativity: I want to have the opportunity to express my creativity in many ways (though not necessarily in artistic ways)

Aesthetics: I want to participate in studying or appreciating the beauty in people and/or surroundings

Supervision: I want to have a job in which I am directly responsible for the work of others

Change and Variety: I want to have work activities which frequently change

Precision Work: I want to work in situations where attention to detail and accuracy are very important

Stability: I want to have a work routine and job duties that are largely predictable

Security: I desire the opportunity for a continuing position

Recognition: I want to be appreciated for my work, and receive acknowledgement in ways that are meaningful to me

Fast-Paced Environment: I want to work in circumstances where work must be done rapidly

Excitement: I want to experience a high degree of (or frequent) stimulation in the course of my work

Adventure: I want to have work duties which require frequent risk-taking

Financial Gain: I want to have a high likelihood achieving great monetary reward for my work

Physical Challenge: I want to do activities that use my physical capabilities

Independence: I want to be able to determine the nature of my work without significant direction from others

Moral Fulfillment: I want to feel that my work contributes to a set of moral standards, which I feel are very important

Community: I want to participate, contribute and belong to my community; however I define it

Time Freedom: I want to be able to work according to my own schedule

These topics for consideration come from a game that was developed by York University.  The game is called Who Am I? and helps players to gain insight into their desires, interests and abilities.  To learn more about Who Am I? visit: http://www.yorku.ca/careers/whoami/

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  1. ckulbaba2013
    March 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I truly resonate with this article, as my experience in both my own personal choices and as a Career counselor reflect on the narrative process for career choice and selection. Values are a central component – in your “wheel of life” there are many different “spokes” that represent your current reality. Sometimes it is sister, mother, friend, worker….each spoke touches the ground in the moment of its reality. Your likes and activities are encompassed in this “reality spoke”, but the wheel of life turns and you become different things. The one constant, the axle that this wheel turns on…..is your value system. It is never changing, and is the support for all your choices and events.

    Also – NEVER use the word “should”. The problem – it becomes painful and punishing, as it lives in the past and only reminds you of not being good enough, smart enough, fast enough, it is a guilty and shameful word. I ask clients to never “should” on themselves – they end up having a should-y day, they get covered in should the more they use it and allow it, it makes them feel should-y….it really sounds like another word when you say it quickly. Instead – go do something, and reflect on results. Did you like the results from that action? If not – do something different. The secret though – realize that the action you take is not going to be right or wrong, it will only make a result. It is the result that is wanted or not.

    Great article, Clare – really enjoyed your points here!

  1. March 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

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