An easy exercise to consider over the weekend:
It may seem daunting to take a deep dive into your past, on your own, without help from a therapist or coach. It needn’t be. Opening yourself up to the practice awareness, as it relates to your career (and life), is a quite, introspective activity free from judgement. You’re simply bearing witness to your past, assessing how this has shaped your present and using this data to create a plan for your future. To get you started, here are five questions you can do well on your own:
As you reflect on your educational history going back to grade school through college experiences and professional development, name three high points.
As you reflect on your educational history going back to grade school through college experiences and professional development, name three low points.
As you reflect on your work history starting with your first job through what you do now, name three high points.
As you reflect on your work history starting with your first job through what you do now, name three low points.
Based on the answers to the first four questions what are the patterns of satisfaction and dissatisfaction that should be considered as you move forward into your next career chapter?
This review can help you make more informed decisions whether you want to stay with your current job or company or make a more drastic move. For example, perhaps you realize you love the actual work you did at the company you work for now, before a promotion to management. Sometimes the best choice could be going back to being an individual contributor and away from the duties of being a manager.
Another example: From this review you may discern that you loved learning about science while in school but haven’t been able to apply that passion to your work. In the future, you may want to find a company that relates to that passion. This may require a more education to hone your skills and thorough job search but getting back to things you love will be worth the effort.
Please let me know what your insights are and how you might apply them to your next career development plan.
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