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Did you know that the average person will change careers 7 times in a lifetime? So it’s natural for people to be considering what they want to do next. The key is to find one that you really love and enjoy. There are a thousand career options open to you today, so there is a great chance that you can find a line of work that you can excel in and which also gives you sustained gratification.

The following exercise will help you to determine your likes and dislikes as well as your career aspirations.

Please take your time in answering the questions, and as you answer, you will start to formulate some conclusions as to what is “right” and what is “wrong” in a career for you.

LIFESTYLE

Identify the key characteristics of your ideal lifestyle – what would they be? Challenge yourself to think of at least 10. (i.e. 2 hours quality time with the kids every night, earn $60,000 a year, 30 minute travel time to work, 2 holidays per year, work in a team, etc.)

Does/will your current career allow you to achieve your ideal lifestyle?

LIKES/DISLIKES

What are your likes and dislikes at work? Make 2 lists below.

What activities do you enjoy?

Which activities would you rather avoid?

Does your current job have more likes or dislikes?

STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES

What are your key strengths and weaknesses? (Consider the following: experience, qualifications, training, ability, attitude and knowledge).

PERSONALITY

Does your current career fit with your personality type? Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Do you like to learn by doing or by thinking and reflecting?

Do you like variety and changes to the work that you complete or do you like routine and certainty?

IDEAL DAY AT WORK

Describe in as much detail your ideal day at work – what sort of things would you be doing?

IDEAL CAREER – CHARACTERISTICS

Write a sentence or two which includes all of the above ideas, then based on all that you have written so far, determine the ideal career for you.

Assignment:

Research has shown that when you identify a goal and tell another person about it, you’re more likely to carry it out.

To hold you accountable for moving forward, I’d like you to set a goal from this new learning, and post it in the comments: , and then when you’ve achieved it, I’d like you to post that too.

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