Most times, we are often on the lookout for a good job to fulfill our career goals. In as much as this is a great career goal, we should not forget to get enough clarity on our career first. What do I mean by career clarity?
As an individual, do you often ask yourself this question, “Am I in the wrong profession?” or do you always feel like something is missing but you can’t place your hands around it? Then you need to go back to the drawing board and get enough clarity on your career. No matter what stage you are in your career journey, and what level your experience is, career uncertainty can come at you so fast as deciding on your career goal could be a herculean task if not careful.
So, if your career path has taken a turn in the wrong direction, it doesn’t have to be the path of no return. Gaining clarity will reset your career compass. For you to have career clarity, you must be able to answer these core questions.
- Who you are?
- What you can do
- What you want to do
- What values drive you
- What motivates and demotivates you
- What brings you joy
The understanding of these questions will bring about career clarity and serve as a guide for you. Also, you should carry out or conduct a career test on your personal and career values, your skills and competence level and the skills you would love to develop along the way. You can also draft a personal mission statement which will serve as a guide to the goals you want to achieve in your career. Also, it is important to note that career clarity is the most crucial, yet overlooked aspect of job search, Not knowing which type of title, industry, or company you want to join will leave you stagnant and confused in terms of having a long term and fulfilling career. Career clarity gives you clear direction, an end goal, and streamlines the job search process.
Therefore, to proceed on this journey of career clarity, try your best to journal your answers to the core questions above without judging yourself. Self-judgement typically comes from a place of fear, scarcity, and shame – all things you want to avoid when pursuing a fulfilling life! Just clarify your goals and dream big. Nobody else on this earth has the exact same background, skills, experience, knowledge, talents, or interests as you!
Welcome to a new dispensation! Welcome to a new year!!