So much of our happiness, healthy and well-being is related directly to our jobs, it is where we spend a large amount of our time, it is where we establish a lot of our personal values and it is where we build a massive amount of our personal identity.
Once I personally figured out where I wanted to go in the long term regarding my career goals I began to make progress that was light years ahead of my previous efforts. The reality is that without a clear sense of career direction we are unable to get anywhere even close to our ideal.
This doesn’t mean that your career has to be set in stone, rather it means that you should aim to have a general sense of a long term objective. These long term objectives can be applied to all areas of your life, your health, your well-being, your work career, your education, your creative projects, the sky is the limit as to how you can apply your objectives.
The reason that knowing where your heading in the long term is so crucial is because it gives you the ability to differentiate between irrelevant information and the information and learning that is actually relevant to the career growth that you want to experience.
The most practical thing that you can do to get a real sense of where your heading with your career comes down to questioning. That is, questioning where you want to go and what you want to achieve.
A great way to start this process is by properly assessing your current career, this is because our career dictates so much of
the rest of our lives and ultimately to achieve a positive career will mean that you must build the rest of your life to support that career growth.
There are four simple questions that you can ask yourself that will help you to gain a better sense of your career direction.
1. If I could do whatever I wanted to do every day, how would I fill my time?
2. How can I utilize my interest to add value to other peoples lives?
3. To go down this career path are their employers offering this opportunity or will I have to work for myself?
4. What must I learn to be able to add the most amount of value to other peoples lives?
Sarah loves reading in her spare time and feels as though her 9-5 work takes away from her ability to engage in a lot of books and because she has home commitments her time constraints on reading effects how much she is able to read.
To answer the questions,
1. Sarah would love to spend every day reading and to make an income from her reading.
2. She could add value to other peoples lives through written book reviews, book summaries or book promotions.
3. There are employers that hire people as book reviewers, as-well as newspapers and online blogs. Sarah could alternatively start her own business in which she could potentially operate her own blog or create her own book review website.
4. If Sarah
wished to work for someone else she would have to learn how to write an excellent review, she would have to build up a portfolio of book reviews to increase her desirability to potential employers. If however she wished to work for herself she would have to learn how to create an online business structure or whatever business structure was relevant to her getting her information out into the public domain.
Regardless of the route that you wish to take, Once you know where you want to go with your career you are able to choose what you put your focus on, you are able to cut out the unnecessary activities and you are able to identify what actions will move you towards your desired career outcome.