Below is a list of things to consider, questions to answer that provide you with a thought-provoking method in choosing careers that fit you. It’s your criteria for selecting a career that you will actually enjoy!
Can you imagine waking up everyday, excited about going to work? Can you even fathom the idea of doing a job, and not even get paid for? Many people feel that way.
You can to. Follow these simple exercise questions. Answer them when you are only focusing on you. Consider these as road signs to help you along your journey of career exploration.
- Consider your EXTRINSIC factors, (those that satisfy external needs) and your INTRINSIC factors (those that satisfy deeper personal needs)
- List your outstanding attributes and qualities. Think about the good things about yourself ad why they are qualities you hold. There are talents that you can apply to your career search.
- Then, think of someone you know, and list THEIR outstanding attributes. What is it about them that you admire? Respect? Consider a quality or attribute?
- What subjects in school do you or did you enjoy most?
Now, try this.
Take a sheet of paper out and draw a line down the middle of the page. On the left side, list EVERUTHING that would make you so happy in a job. With regard to your CAREER you’ve chosen what would be your definition of a perfect job? List these out from top to bottom. Now revisit this list, and for each one, mark a “Y” or an “M.” “Y” means YES it can be done. It is possible. The “M” means that is can MAYBE be done or accomplishable. There are no NO’s on this list.
Now, as you look through this and see the Y’s and the M’s, you know where you stand with regard to your complete fulfillment of career choices.
Next, take a look at the chart below. Each color represents a personality. Different personality traits that helps you along your journey to selecting the environment and the types of jobs and certain responsibilities.
YELLOW color means that you’re a rules follower, conservative, a perfectionist who likes to investigate and observe
BLUE color means that your compassionate, caring, like to develop relationships and always find yourself offering advise or a shoulder to lean on for people
GREEN color means that you’re an introvert–you prefer to work on your own– and you enjoy doing the same kind of work, even taking things apart and putting them back together. You like to work with your hands and are more intellectual.
RED color means that you’re a personable, outgoing, fun-loving individual that likes to work with people and create ideas
Focus on yourself:
Your goal should be to truly FOCUS on YOU. This is very important to understand your own needs. Do what you do. Know what you know and be who you are.
My success us your success,
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Keith Lipke is a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Hope Chest. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college.