Explore Your Career Options

If you're thinking about pursuing a new career path, know that it will probably be one of the most challenging and rewarding times in your life.

After all, you can look forward to a whole new world of possibilities, like doing the work you've always dreamed of doing, fulfilling a personal life vision, increasing your income, and maybe even benefiting others as well. You might be interested in getting more training or going back to school to get an advanced degree, starting a new business, or finding that exciting new career that has always eluded you.

What you were taught in school no longer applies to the job searching skills needed in today's competitive job market. Many of the rules have changed, from the resume to the interview. Don’t be caught with an “objective statement” on your resume, or bothering the interviewer with questions you could have researched on the web on your own.

A good exercise is to take stock and identify all of your skills that could be useful to your new career. There are many so-called "soft skills" such as communication or interpersonal skills that are always in demand and useful to an employer. Also valuable to most companies would be any managerial or technical skills you might have.

Every person is born with a unique set of talents and abilities, but most of us arn't encouraged to develop or explore those abilities. As a consequence, most everyone finds themselves working in career fields or careers that never allow them to express who they really are. This is a lost opportunity, and one reason so many people are completely bored in their current job.

Do a self-assessment and identify all of your skills that can be useful in your next career. Most of these "soft skills" like communication or interpersonal skills are transferable to a new company. Also valuable to most companies would be any managerial or technical skills you might have.

So what exactly are your skills, strengths and talents? Do you have a good feel for your own career assets? Jot them down and spend some time reflecting on your answers. Another good idea is to get input from family and friends about your strengths and weaknesses.

Don't allow yourself to be forced into a quick career move without considering all of your options. Is your career path at a crossroads? It's wise to never make a major career move without first considering all the options and ramifications. Make your decision based on what's the best for your career, your personality, and your life.

Work is a lot easier and life is a lot better when you're working at a career that you love. Understand that to achieve a career that you truly love, you'll have to commit to whatever career development steps are necessary to reach that goal. I think you'll find the rewards well worth it, both now, and for years to come.





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