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Take #TimeOut to Clarify #LifeCareer Goals

With events being cancelled across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic, it may be helpful to take time out to reassess personal and professional goals.


Know we will get through this challenging time. It’s a time for compassion, for supporting each other, and for re-evaluating who we are and what we want to do with our lives.

If you are wondering what to do with your life career, use guidelines Tina used when making decisions.

Award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life, by Dr Carole Kanchier, shows how to create your desired lifelong career: https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life

Life career decision making strategies

Tina says: “I’m 32 and still haven’t found my passion. I have no drive. I want to do something creative but don’t know what that is.”

Tina’s questioning is normal andpsychologically healthy. It suggests she’s probably going through the Age-30 Transition, a time young adults 28 to 33 or older explore who they are and where they want to go.

Finding a satisfying career requires four steps with some backtracking: 1) know yourself; 2) explore options; 3) clarify a goal; and 4) develop a plan and go for it. Learn from Tina’s experience. Apply the decision-making process to your situation.

1. Know yourself

 Tina identified her passion, interests, needs, skills, strengths and job tasks she wanted to perform on her ideal job.

To define and articulate her passion, Tina recognized themes that emerged from completing the following: three personally rewarding accomplishments in any area of life; how she would occupy time if she were a billionaire; absorbing childhood activities; a prize she’d like to receive for being the world’s best; what she’d wear to a costume party; how she’d like colleagues to describe her; people she admired; when she’s energized; and whose job she’d want.

Themes that emerged from Tina’s responses were creative expression, learning/exploring and being helpful. Her mission statement was “to use creative expression to teach, help, entertain and motivate people.”

Tina’s expressed interests were in the fields of Visual and Written Arts (writer, broadcaster, set designer), Performing Arts, Marketing and Sales, and Management and Planning.

Tina also identified appealing industries. These includedhospitality, travel, publishing, broadcasting, entertainment and advertising. She thought, for example, that she could be a marketing or public relations manager for a hotel  chain, cruise ship line, fashion house or entertainment group.

Skills and strengths Tina wanted to use in her ideal job, included writing, motivating, designing programs, speaking, presenting, organizing, negotiating and persuading.

Needs which Tina ranked high included creativity, autonomy, intellectual stimulation, challenge, managing, helping and adventure. 

Job tasks Tina wanted to perform included writing, speaking, designing programs, performing, creating and organizing.

Tina’s personal qualities illustrated congruence. For example, her passion of creativity, learning and helping are in harmony with her interests, needs and skills. They involve creative expression, learning and working with people.

2. Explore options

Tina’s next step involved investigating compatible options. Tina enjoyed the process. She viewed it as shopping adventure. Before buying and outfit, she looked around to determine what was available. Then she tried it on, and if it fitted and looked good, she bought it.

Tina started her journey by perusing printed materials and the internet. Excellent sources included the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), O*Net Online, National Occupational Classification (Canada), Occupational Classification System (US Government),  numerous other online and library resources.

Other sources included professional and business associations, shadowing professionals at work, volunteering, working part-time, and taking related courses. Questers Dare to Change showed Tina how to assess personal traits and analyze occupations to determine fit.

As Tina explored options of interest (public relations, broadcasting, writing, training, merchandising, marketing, managing) she narrowed them, using given guidelines.

3. Clarify goals and plan for success

To clarify her goal, Tina used both intellect and intuition.For an objective assessment, Tina listed options across the top of a page.On the side, she wrote important criteria such as passion and needs including creativity and autonomy.

She gave each option a rating of +1, 0 or -1, for each criterion. Adding her scores revealed that public relations and broadcasting had the same points.

For further clarification, Tina used her intuition. For example, she asked her dreams for guidance before falling asleep. Tina also meditated, walked in nature and journaled. Her decision came as she arose one morning.

4. Plan and act

Once Tina knew what she wanted, it was easier to focus on finding a position. She developed an action plan, and broke it down into small steps outlining completion dates, activities and required resources. Expecting success, she continually visualized herself performing her desired goal.

Tina knows that making good career decisions involves work, but the rewards are enormous. She’s energized, confident and passionately involved in her new job – publicist for a hotel chain.   

Consider applying the decision making process to your next career venture. What’s next for you?

Questers Dare to Change offers additional suggestions for clarifying and attaining desired life career goals. https://www.amazon.com/Questers-Dare-Change-Your-Life/dp/1508408963

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Best wishes in your new career venture!

Author Bio: Carole Kanchier, PhD, is an internationally recognized newspaper/digital columnist, registered psychologist, coach and author of award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life.  Kanchier has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, University of Alberta, and other institutions of higher learning. Dr. Kanchier is known for her pioneering, interdisciplinary approach to human potential.
Contact: carole@daretochange.com; carole@questersdaretochange.com; www.questersdaretochange.com

    Adapted from Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life