Step #1: Self-Assessment (Looking Inward)
Evaluating who you are as a person. This involves taking a personal inventory of individual values, interests, skills, and personal qualities. Career Choice can assist in identifying relevant personal characteristics that are key in finding suitable work options and careers. We will brainstorm possible options to open new and exciting careers not previously considered. Career assessments may be required to promote a better understanding of personal attributes and skills.
Step #2: Research (Career Exploration)
Obtain an insider’s perspective about the career field you are considering. Conduct Informational Interviews in person, phone, or by email. Gain experience through internships or by job shadowing for one to several days. Professionals enjoy sharing their expertise with people interested in the field.
Step #3: Decision-Making
Once you’ve made a thorough self-assessment and done some researching of career options, it’s time to make a decision. This can be difficult since there may still be many unknowns and a fear of making the wrong choice. Career Choice can assist by helping to identify careers that make sense given the information identified in the self-assessment and research phases of career planning and by supporting you through every step of the process.
Step#4: Search (Taking Action)
It’s now time to look for prospective jobs and/or employers, send out cover letters and resumes, and begin networking with people in the field. Keep in mind that cover letters and resumes are designed to make a favorable impression on employers (if done properly) and the interview process is what will ultimately land you the job. In other words, make sure your cover letter and resume highlight your skills and strengths based on the employer’s needs and that you are fully prepared to knock their socks off at the interview. Take time to research the employer’s website prior to the interview, and be prepared to ask thoughtful questions based on your research.
Step #5: Acceptance
Wow! You’ve completed all of the steps above and you’ve been accepted into a new and exciting or different job. Congratulations! Research shows that most Americans will hold between 8 and 12 jobs in their lifetime. Consequently, learning the skills above will increase your chances of gaining meaningful and satisfactory work as well as help you to avoid many of the stresses that occur with changing jobs. By recognizing that change is good (even advantageous), changing jobs can be viewed as a positive experience and need not be as anxiety provoking as it may initially seem. You will continue the process of self-assessment, research, and decision-making in order to make effective and fulfilling career changes throughout your lifetime.