This weekend, my grandchildren visited, and we went to the local park for some QTR (quality time realized). I joined in on a conversation with a group of young moms’ and one dad, as they discussed their jobs. I brought up the question to the group “Do you remember what you wanted to be you when you were your children’s ages (4 to 8 years old)? With a momentary pause, the answers came fast and furious – an inventor, a superhero, a doctor, a sports star – the boss! I asked that same group of parents “how many of you stayed with the same career choice today?” “Nope,” “nada,” “I wish,” were their answers, and all didn’t think they would be in the career they are doing today.
When I was 4 years old and Mom, then a secretary/office manager, brought me to work for the day, I immediately wanted to be a secretary as I watched Mom in action. She obviously was important, she had the doughnuts on her desk. For people who know their career aspirations early on, embarking on a successful career path may not seem that daunting. For most people, struggles & self-doubt may crop up along the way. Whether you’re on the first rung of your career ladder or have found yourself unfulfilled on your way to the top, here are a few tips to help you find inspiration for your career journey:
1.) Perform a “self-analysis.” Answer these questions and any others that are relevant to make up your “career wish list.” Do you enjoy what you do? Are you happy with what you have achieved thus far? Do you like where you work, or would you like to move on? Do you want more responsibility or added challenges in your current position? Is it time to ask for a raise or make a move to another company? If you find yourself stuck, ask trusted family members, friends or colleagues for insight, ideas, and suggestions. It’s amazing what others can “see” that we fail to notice!
2.) Get professional guidance! There comes a point, if you are having trouble identifying your career niche or how to take it to the next level, consulting with a career counselor or life coach may be in order. Unlike friends or peers, they can help you find answers. Often, they will offer testing to assess your skills, talents, values, and personality. If finances are of concern, search for free or low-cost career assessments online, or ask your local librarian for resources available in your community. They do exist!
3.) Self-reflection homework! Once you’ve gained the insight you need, being honest with yourself, find out what’s required to advance your career. Ask yourself, do you need more training or experience? Do opportunities for advancement exist where you’re currently employed, or is it time to consider a move? It’s always appropriate to talk to other people working in your field for a realistic perspective, and never stop learning. Additional training and knowledge will only enhance your skill-set and career prospects.
4.) Top Tip…Get a Mentor and Get Inspired! A good mentor is a person who represents experience, knowledge and an eagerness to help others thrive and succeed. Though sometimes hard to find in today’s busy work world, it’s not impossible, it just requires research and networking.
Good mentors can be your manager, executive, peer or person you respect. The beauty of a having a mentor is helping you anticipate the what-ifs and share your energy and passion for your current career path. They’ll inspire you to stay the course and give clarity, where before there was none.
Finding inspiration for your career journey can appear in many forms. You might start off as an office clerk, move up to secretary, then chief executive assistant to the CEO, and amazingly end up as president of the company. That’s not impossible, for example, former secretary, Colleen C. Barrett, was the first female president of a major airline, according to Southwest.
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