I doubt you’d operate a highly complex machine without an instruction manual. So wouldn’t it be useful if there was an instruction manual to help with your own career orientation that tells you who you really are and thus can align you with what you should really do? Thankfully, there are a wide range of career orientation tools available online from simple multiple-choice tests to comprehensive assessments to help you discover who you really are as well as what career paths you ought to consider as they fit you better than others.
Discovering Who You Really Are
Usually, we'll take two approaches to answer this – firstly asking you to explore your own talents, and secondly using objective psychometric tests to explore your preferences.
First, identify the top 3 talents that you most use when you're successful. Thanks to the author’s generosity, some of the talent tests are assessed freely on the internet, providing a relatively correct insight about your ability. However, if you want it to be precise, you have to try more comprehensive assessment to find out which career you are most likely to succeed. Rank these in order. Next, we'll look at using personality inventories as a way of looking at your preferred way of working relative to other people.
One trick is to turn things around, and as you identify possible careers, think about what personality type is most likely to be successful in these careers.
Treat these tests as advisory only.
While no personality type is good or bad, it does help you discover what motivates and energises you. This in turn empowers you to seek those elements in the work you choose to do, and avoid the things that frustrate and demotivate you.
Finding what you want to do
When you're doing this, be careful not just to look back nostalgically at simple jobs where you performed well. Focus instead on more difficult areas where you made a positive difference, and where others didn't.
Be careful when using career trends to identify career possibilities: The desire to pursue an up and coming career may overshadow your purpose, which is not about such a career. This will only lead to dissatisfaction down the road.
How do I Get Hired?
Many people tend to move from their purpose right into job search mode. This is a mistake because unless you have a plan, it is far too easy to get derailed by a lucrative job offer. Develop your plan first and you're more likely to get where you want to go, faster.
• Start by writing down the career you want.
• Write down the steps you need to take or the things you need to accomplish, in order to get there.
• Do a "what if" analysis on your goals
The more contingency plans you have the more likely you will be able to survive the inevitable setbacks.
Concentrate on creating as many opportunities as possible!
Finding your career direction is typically an iterative process with many iterations. The more effort you put into the planning stages the better your results.
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