How to get Career path clarity

How much do you love the job you do and for whom you do it? Many of you will be happily employed and a good number will not. For those of you who are not loving what you are doing, you may really want to do something else, something that fulfils your work passion but you just don’t seem to be able to make that break. “But what can I do instead?” I hear you ask.

You have the answer to that question which may be buried deep. You could begin by daring to dream about the future you would like to see. Children day dream all the time but as we get older we spend less time dreaming about what we want to do when we grow up as other things get in the way. We then lose confidence and self-belief and this stops us and holds us back from achieving our goals.

If you do know your ultimate career goal, write it down. If you don’t know, don’t panic. Spend some time visualising or imagining what your perfect work day looks like, hour by hour; what time you will get up, what you have for breakfast, what time you will leave home for work, your mode of transport, what time you will arrive at work, what environment you will be in, how many colleagues you will work with and what they are like, what you will spend time doing and your achievements. Include how you like to work and time management methods you practice. Think about whether the job role is sedentary or active, whether you will travel for work or remain in one place, what meetings you might attend, what interactions you will have with other people. Write it all down to build up a complete picture, including the date when you would like to be doing this fabulous new job role.

Did anything surprise you in your imaginings? Reflect upon what you have written and write down your insights.

Now think about your strengths, what you are good at and write them down. Write down what other people tell you you’re are good at. What do friends seek advice from you for? What are you acknowledged for? If you have been asked to teach or mentor someone at work, what has it been for?

Think about what you want to learn from a job or career and how you want to contribute to the workplace or business. What will ignite your passion?

So far you have dreamed about what a future job or career will look like and you have thought through and written down all of your strengths, abilities and personal attributes. On a scale of 1 – 10, if 10 is landing your dream job, what number are you at right now? Write down what needs to happen to take you 1 step closer to 10. Write down as many action points as you can think of to take you 1 step closer, even if the actions feel scarey! What actions would your best friend suggest? What actions would your parents suggest? What actions feel daring? What actions can be taken quickly?

From all of the actions that you have chosen, select 3 that will help you to move 1 step closer to reaching your goal within the next 2 – 3 weeks. Put a timescale on taking forward the action. How committed are you to taking the actions? If necessary, break down the actions further until you feel comfortable in taking them forward. Take the actions. Once you have achieved the actions, you will feel great and this will boost your confidence. You can then go on to take 1 more step further towards achieving your goal. Good luck!

I’m interested to hear your strengths and struggles in taking forward your actions. Are you racing along to your career goal or have you stalled and need an injection of fuel? If a 15 minute conversation will help you to get started, give me a call.

What type of career suits the “S” style personality?

The “S” style personality is reserved and people focussed.  The “S” style likes to work as part of a team and is dependable, loyal and steady.  Patient and good listeners, they tend to take on the role of Peacemaker within teams as they like to maintain the status quo and dislike confrontation or aggression.  The “S” style likes nothing better than to work on one task at a time, following procedures and systematically getting the job done, preferring clear parameters and guidelines with which to work.  As they like to maintain the status quo they can sometimes resist change and would prefer to be in a secure job with plenty of routine.  The “S” style person is extremely caring, often putting others before themselves.  They often seek out supportive roles and enjoy good working relationships with other personality types due to their controlled and modest behaviour.  They love to please and value sincere feedback and appreciation.

The “S” style personality will often seek out a career within the caring sector such as nursing, social worker, carer.  They also like to work in small teams where relationships can be developed and trust built up amongst team members. Many administrative posts benefit from the “S” style personality as they embrace the routines and consistency of support functions.  This opens up a wide range of opportunity from small businesses and organisations to Education and everything in between.

What type of career suits the I Style personality

The I Style is fast paced, optimistic, enthusiastic and likes to be involved, much like the D Style but the emphasis here is that the I Style likes to focus on relational matters, caring, sharing and emotional whereas the D Style prefers to concentrate on the task, process and procedures.  The I style has plenty of ideas and is inspirational, being able to motivate others to perform well and get them on side.  They foster excellent team spirit and can be very persuasive, enjoying being the centre of attention. The I Style can also be impulsive, such is their enthusiasm and quickness of pace.  Like the D Style, they prefer to be in charge and don’t like being told what to do.  Rules are a mere suggestion rather than compulsory.  The I Style loves being around people and is energetic and optimistic.  They tend to be disorganised and careless, preferring to leave detail and analysis to others.  They can find listening a challenge and when others are talking, quite often an I Style will be more focussed on interrupting with their own story or thinking about what they will be saying next.  The I Style loves to be praised, having a desire for social recognition and fearing the loss of acceptance or rejection.  The I Style loves getting the task done while having fun and others can see them as charismatic, being drawn to them.  Equally, when their strengths are over used, they can be seen by others as wasting time with joviality and chattering.

What kind of career would suit an I Style?  Actors, comedians, TV personalities, performers who can be extremely engaging to audiences with their fun loving and playful ways. Business and organisations also benefit from their fair share of I Style employees at all levels of the organisation or business.  They are extremely adaptable to change and can carry other employees through change with their motivation, enthusiasm and genuine desire to keep people happy.  If an I Style is the boss, they may find it a challenge to deliver constructive criticism and it would not be a surprise for an employee to leave their office not realising it because the I Style boss has been so flowery and evasive about the issues through their own fear of losing popularity and acceptance.  They don’t want to upset anyone!

How much does your personality influence your career choice?

Over the years when I ask friends, colleagues and clients about their career and what jobs they started out doing when they first left education, many they say that they didn’t really know what they wanted to do and ended up applying for a whole load of jobs in various fields, hoping that they would be lucky and get one of them.

Are they satisfied with their career choice or would they have preferred to do something different if they could have their time again?  The answers I got back varied, much as expected.  Many found their niche and have had a career that has been satisfying, others have moved from job to job or have stayed in their job (some for many years), not really finding fulfilment and regret not making informed choices earlier.

So how much does your personality influence your career choice?  Using the DISC Personality Profile Model I thought I would share some insights.  Today I am focussing on the personality style D within the DISC model.

The “D” style personality

Outgoing, fast paced and task focussed, this personality style has places to go and people to see.  They have goals to achieve and are driven and determined to succeed.  They enjoy nothing more than a challenge and a heavy dose of healthy competition.  The “D” style likes to be in charge and wants to win at any cost. The “D” style possesses a vision of the big picture and prefers not to get bogged down in the detail.  They are a good delegator and have high expectations.  Unafraid of conflict, this style prefers to say things as they are and can sometimes come across as being blunt.  They can be so enthusiastic about achieving a task that they have been known to neglect their emotional side and can come across as dismissive of others’ feelings.  The “D” style is decisive and will drive projects forward, is actively involved, a problem solver and results driven. 

So what kind of career choices would a “D” style choose?

To be a business owner, CEO or director would be an obvious choice as they have the vision, drive, determination and like to be in control, unafraid of responsibility or taking risks.  If a “D” style works within a company, the job role will need to have clear parameters of responsibility, with the opportunity for “stretch” and challenge – possibly a project manager or a trouble shooter, something that offers the “D” style control and being charge.  When starting out on a career path the “D” style will want to rise up through the organisation as quickly as possible.  One word of caution; be careful to not trample on the feelings of others as the top can be a lonely place without support from the team.

The secret to getting more from your team

If you want to get more out of your team for any of these reasons:

=> Because the number of people on your team has been reduced and yet you’re expected to produce the same or better results.

=> Your team is not producing the results that are expected from you and your team and you’re concerned that your bosses and/or superiors and peers are not going to be happy about that.

=> Members of your team are undermining each other or worse undermining you, causing conflicts and frustrations for you and you’d like to turn your team into a well-oiled machine.

Then, I’d like to help you squeeze the most out of your team as possible by offering you a special one-on-one “Modern Leadership Mastery Coaching Session.”

During this session we will…

=> Create a crystal clear vision for the results that you want your team to produce, for the way that you’d like your team to interact with each other and for the kind of people you would like to have on your team.

=> Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your success with leadership and team building.

=> You’ll leave the session renewed, reenergized and inspired to create a powerful results- driven team that gets things done so that you can be the office hero and still have a flourishing personal life.

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1. How long have you been in this leadership position?

2. What are the biggest leadership challenges you’re facing today?

3. On a scale of zero to 10 how important is it to you to get better results from your team?

4. What are your ultimate aspirations and goals as a leader?

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All the best,


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