This blog is the first in a series of 5, as I reveal my proven 5 step career planning framework that helps move you from floundering to flourishing. Changing your job or career takes time and effort but is so much easier when you can use a proven process like the 5 steps framework and ensure you don’t miss out any important things to need to be taken into account!
Step 1 is called ‘personal stocktaking’ and is a great beginning in building your own resource bank of information and self knowledge.
The origin of the quote ‘know thyself’ comes from an inscription on the front of the Temple of Delphi, not from Socrates as often believed. The thought is if you don’t know yourself how can others get to know the real you……this also impacts on how you come across in person and on paper. No time like the present to get started!
Initially taking time for some reflection in the area of personally held values brings a sense of coming home to oneself…. and when contemplating career change it’s really useful to know what your most important work related values are so you can make appropriate choices going forward.
The less obvious aspects of ourselves like values are often below the water line – think iceberg to get the picture – and need a bit more time to surface before any discussion can take place.
We all have values but often need a bit of time to recall what they actually are and at work they typically make their presence felt when absent in our environment or work culture. By their absence they serve to remind you just what you really need around you to flourish.
Values are best explained as the underlying principles by which you navigate through life and naturally these influence how you choose what you do for a living, where you like to live and most importantly how you like to work. Our values are not consciously in the foreground but come to the surface when a situation demands it. Values allow for a depth of expression to emerge at work and they are usually formed over time from life experiences.
Examples of values are autonomy, achievement, status, honesty, security, recognition, responsibility, appreciation and respect to name but a few.
When taking stock of what’s important it would be a huge mistake not to spend time identifying which values are really important to you to have in a job or career.
They inform you on what constitutes job satisfaction and having them guide your choice of actual job or career field can be very helpful!
Values can also be very informative by highlighting what is not feeling right and what needs to change in the future.
A large part of knowing ourselves is to learn what is motivating and what is not. This is about noticing what is energising for you and what is draining– we are all different!
This is a line of enquiry that is not concerned with skills you may or may not have ….it is about tapping into those activities when you feel truly energised and inspired and that you want to do more of versus those activities that you would be happy never to do again – ideally letting someone else do them.
Most of us use our interests as outlets for some values too – interests are activities you enjoy doing and some will be purely as a hobby or can potentially assist you in earning a living! Sometimes our career dreams are utopian and less realistic and that’s okay too!
Learning to distinguish between the purely aspirational and the practical is all part of getting practice in making choices that will ultimately be good for you so time is spent here building that muscle.
All of these areas for reflection are pertinent when planning your next career move so I actively encourage you to reflect on WHO you think you are and get feedback from others to either confirm, challenge or expand your view of yourself.
In my next blog I’ll be lifting the lid on step 2 of my 5 step approach….so watch this space!