What Job / What Area Should I Pursue?!
How Do I Progress In My Career?
I personally have had 3 different careers in my own Life! How about you?
Do you have a career or a job? Do you know the difference between a job and a career? Are you beginning your career path and want to know what to choose? Are you Happy where you are doing what you’re doing? Are you contemplating a change in your career path? Not sure what to choose?
For an individual to discover what it is that they would enjoy doing for potentially 10 – 30 years of their Life, is not an easy task. In addition, in times gone by careers were usually confined to a single field and the people often spent at times – their entire Life in 1 spot. Today is rather different in that it is common to change careers at least twice sometimes 3 or more times during a Life time, it is also not uncommon for people to have 2 careers running simultaneously.
It helps to understand the differences between what is construed as a job and what would be construed as a career….
1 difference between a job and a career is that career’s traditionally, were ‘jobs’ that had longevity, meaning, you would be in that position / field for a lengthy time, years to decades. A job can be viewed as having a lesser time span of say months to years. Another definition used is to describe something as a job even though you may have been in that role for many many years which would otherwise be called a career but because it is not your ideal choice, you, classify it as just a job. So the Emotional side of a position causes an individual to identify the place as a job or a career, conversely some people ‘love’ what they do and can at times move on after just 2 years but when asked would call this their career path.
It is all semantics of course but the value is that this information gives us important clues about how to choose what we define as a career. We know time is a factor, we know Emotional fulfilment is another factor. Salary is another to consider. These and other factors combine to allow us to get closer to pin pointing the correct choice for us, which is very important to discover and the whole point, of career Coaching.
So making career choices can be a challenge. Choosing a career is easy and anyone can do that by themselves … However, choosing the ‘correct‘ career path for you is not easy and can for some people – at different times in their life – be daunting.
Sometimes young people simply do not have clarity on what profession they should take up after leaving school, college or university and they therefore seek guidance out of desperation.
Other times it is people in their 20’s or 30’s who did choose a Career path years before but now regret it and feel overwhelmed as to what to turn to – to escape.
Sometimes it is people in their 40’s or 50’s who feel they need a Career change altogether after having worked for the last 15 + years in 1 role and are bored and unfulfilled.
Different people at different times in their Life all requiring exactly – the same guidance.
I Coach individuals to find out what it is they are good at and genuinely love to do – as well as ‘what are the other effects that a particular Career path will bring’? such as financial implications and quality of life / home life ripple effects etc…
Sometimes people are very good at something that unfortunately will not bring in the desired financial return they also want so there is conflict. If they take a different Career path to tick the financial gain box, it is at the consequence of being fulfilled and happy as they now are spending a large portion of their life doing something that is lacking the emotional tick.
A competent Coach can definitely help an individual to attain clarity and still keep congruency with other parameters in their life.
Over the years my Career Coaching has involved working with youngsters at ages 15 or 16 about to leave school – all the way up to working with people in their 60’s believe it or not who are young at heart, have already had 3 Careers and decide they want something ‘different’ to do for the ‘next’ 20 years!!