1. Self-Assessment-- The first step
to finding your ideal work is to thoroughly understand and be aware
of "who you are". You need to fully understand and acknowledge your
strengths, weaknesses, aptitudes, values, personality characteristics,
attitudes, and interests. All of these are important factors to
consider when planning your career or a small business.
Through a series of self-exploration
questions and exercises, you can come to fully understand your own
personal characteristics and style -- the first step in career planning.
Only by taking into consideration your unique talents, gifts, skills
and desires will you truly be able to find your ideal career -- whether it be
a new job or a new business.
2. Clarify Your Goals
-- Here you determine and clarify your real goals . What is it that you really
want? Perhaps your main goal is to work from home, or to have more
balance in your life. Or maybe recognition is what you strive for.
Here we will determine your driving motivation. What gets you really
excited about life? Your ideal work should include passion, and at this
step you'll determine what you are really passionate about.
3. Look at Options -- After you have
completed the self-exploration exercises and have clarified your
goals, you are ready to look at your options. Here you take
a look at future trends and the various things that the world needs
to have done, taking into consideration your personal goals established
in the last step. You should look at several options that can accomplish
those goals. You might consider a needed service or product for
starting your own business, as well as national employment trends
and statistics. What are the hot jobs of the future
and where would you best fit based on your Personal Career Profile?
From this information, you can select a few options that you wish
to explore further.
4. Research and Decision-Making -- After
you narrow down your options to a few select possibilities, you're at the stage where you
should do some thorough research before making a decision. This
step could take anywhere from a few days to a few years. We will look at several
ways to effectively gather information before making a decision
that is right for you today. This research might include scheduling
an informational interview or researching possible government grants
for starting a business. At the end of this step, you will have
made a decision on what you want to do and what environment in which
you want to do it. You will have created an Ideal Vision.
5. Create a Plan of Action -- Now that
you have your Ideal Vision, you are ready to create a Plan of Action
to help you get from here to there. This plan should include long-term
as well as short-term goals, and include the goals you have for your
personal life as well as career. Here you look at education
or training required, interim jobs that may be required, and obstacles
you may need to overcome. If you decide to start a business, the first
step is writing a business plan.