Career Coaching

Choosing your career path must be one of the most exciting and important decisions you’ll ever have to make.

And rightfully so.

If you are going to spend more than 50% of your day doing it, you are sure to want to enjoy what you are doing.

But how do you make that decision? How can you be certain that the career you choose is indeed the best for you? To be honest, there are no guarantees, but there are ways in determining a very close fit.

What most of us do is complete an aptitude test and base our career path solely on the results obtained. Although these tests play an important role, they should not be seen as the Alpha and the Omega. They should be used in conjunction with more tools that are available.

As they say, having a talent does not mean you’ll enjoy doing it as a profession.

There are also various elements that could influence your decision regarding your career path. Because we want to feel part of something, we tend to follow our peers when it comes to making career decisions. If our friends decided to attend university, then the chances are good that we want to do the same.

There are also your parents who, having only your best interests at heart, could nudge you into a certain direction where your profession is concerned.

How about the media – I hate to admit it, but I became a cop because of Television series the likes of TJ Hooker, Columbo and Miami Vice. Imagine my disappointment when I realized that TV and reality aren’t even remotely alike.

What you need to do is look beyond these influences and, as far as possible, follow our own direction. Yes, take note of the advice given, remembering that advice is given on experiences lived and that the advice you receive is based on someone else’s life experiences, not your own. It is important that you make your own decisions, provided they are based on solid research and exploration, so that you are given every opportunity to live your own experiences.

Ignoring the outside influences is one thing, finding YOUR “calling” is quite another. So, how do you do this?

Well, besides your values and personality, the things you enjoy doing and are good at, the work function and work environment that would suit you best and the rewards you want from the work you do, are just some of the things you need to consider when making career choices. As ridiculous as it may sound, dress code also plays a roll.

You owe it to yourself to find YOUR calling.

Give me a call on 082 316 8500, send me an SMS or e-mail jurgen@jghcoaching.co.za and let’s talk about how we can work together to discover the vocation that would be the best fit for you.

“There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way” – Christopher Morley

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