Most of us will need career development guidance or career advice at some point in our life. Whether contemplating the right college or university course, looking at a change of career, or advancing within a company; planning your own career will give you a greater chance of succeeding.
Whenever we apply for new jobs or carry out a job search we usually think “If I get this, things will be better” and sometimes they are.
Often things work out great and we are really happy in the new position. Unfortunately things sometimes don’t work out and we end up feeling stuck. Which is followed by….we apply for new jobs, thinking “If I get this, things will be better”.
Can you see a pattern forming here?
The importance of Career Advice & Guidance
Think…… When we go for the ‘job interview’, we are actually being tested by the company / organisation for our suitability. But did we get the right career guidance or advice first to make sure the job suited us!
Knowing what you want is the best way to get what you want.
Most people want to do well when they join a company or an organisation. We want to do well for ourselves, our families, our friends and of course the company or organisation. Why ? Because it would make us happy. We are all entitled to be happy, and our choice of work is one of the major factors that leads us to, or keeps us from happiness.
To summarise, if we don’t know what we are suited to, every application form we fill out, is a bit like a lottery slip… we are just taking a gamble. However, if we were to get career guidance or advice and find out about what type of job suits us, then we increase our chances of finding something highly suitable.
Career Advice – Answer some simple questions
One of the best ways to find our true vocation in life is to ask ourselves questions such as:
“What do I like doing?”
“Do I like working outdoors?” (would I like it if it rained or snowed!)
“Could I do some Voluntary Charity Work to improve my CV or experience?”
“How much money do I want to earn?”
“Do I want a job at all !” (maybe you want to go to college or just learn something new)
“Perhaps you are not sure of what you want, how to get it and how to go about reassessing your needs in order to change your life.
The most important thing when choosing your employment or job is to know and understand ourselves enough to realise what we would be happy doing.
That’s why it’s important to …….
What does career mean?
According to the dictionary:
A chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation. The general course or progression of one’s working life or one’s professional achievements: an officer with a distinguished career; a teacher in the midst of a long career.
A path or course, as of the sun through the heavens. Speed: “My hasting days fly on with full career” (John Milton).
intr.v. ca-reered, ca-reer-ing, ca-reers To move or run at full speed; rush.[French carriere, from Old French, racecourse, from Old Provencal carriera, street, from Medieval Latin (via) carraria, (road) for carts, feminine of carrarius, from Latin carrus, a Gallic type of wagon.]
Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.Copyright 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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