If Career Planning’s Insanity, These 2 Steps Will Give You Internal Clarity
We hear you asking for career advice, so we asked our friends from My Working Title, the fun-loving creators of Career SUPERDRIVE™, an innovative career designing board game based on principles of psychology, Design Thinking and entrepreneurship. In this two-part series, My Working Title's Co-Founder, Jael Chng, dishes out the best action steps you can take—straight from their Career Discovery™ model.
Looking for a job? In one but unsatisfied? Not sure of what you want?
You’re not alone.
Sigh, careers are one BIG part of adulting that can be complex, confusing and opaque.
“Can I have it all?”
“Why don’t I get a reply from the HR of my dream company?”
“How do I pivot if I don’t like my job/ what I studied?” These are some common pains we hear.
The bad news is – it is not that easy to navigate careers. You actually need to do some ‘work’ to get work and continually be employable. Try sitting in front of a browser search bar – if you don’t know where to start when looking for a job, it can be super intimidating.
The good news is – it doesn’t need to be boring, lonely or impossible. Shoot for clarity with where you are now, where you are at – that’s one good thing you can do for yourself.
Here are 2 action steps you can take to gain career clarity:
1. Discover Your Self
Invest in finding out more about who you are:
- What are your strengths and skills?
- What are your interests and passions?
- How would you describe your personality?
Come out with your own list. Ask your friends, colleagues, relatives, teachers, internship supervisors.
Why is this important?
First, it acts as a filter to the jobs, roles and industries you apply to. For example, if you are interested in writing and in businesses, you may want to look for a job in business journalism.
Second, future employers are interested in who you are. They are not looking to hire machines, but they want to know what makes you tick, if you fit into their world and if they want to invest in you. If you are a fresh grad, usually they are hiring on potential and promise. It is expensive to get a wrong hire, so they want to get it right. The time and cost to recruit, onboard and train a new hire is costly.
And psst… the first statement of any interview usually is “Tell me more about yourself.”
2. Discover Your Story
Imagine you’re a recruiter. You have thousands of resumes to flip through. Everyone says they are a team player, a good collaborator and their skills are pretty much similar. How do you decide who is better?
Increasingly, companies are looking for a good “culture” fit. One key way to evaluate candidates is based on your story.
Take time to craft your story.
Imagine you’re writing a summary paragraph of a movie trailer of your life now. What would it be?
- What were they key events in your life that impacted you?
- What problems do you want to solve? Who do you want to solve it for?
- What do you value?
- Who/what inspires you?
After you’ve made some discoveries on your Self and Story, it's time to start crafting your Wantedly profile.
Stay tuned for our next article on how you can find the intersection between the “Inside” (Self and Story) with the “Outside” (Situation and Strategy).
Catch you soon!
This article is written by Jael Chng, Co-Founder of My Working Title, a company and movement whose vision is to empower people to be the boss of their careers. They advocate playing, planning and prototyping. “Discover Self and Story” is part of their Career Discovery™ Model.
Head to http://careersuperdrive.com to find out more!
If you have any burning questions, you can reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org