CAREER AND WHAT IT MEANS
Career has been defined variously as our job or works that we do consistently to earn a living and we are happy with.
There are 3 elements that sustain a career.
What the economy requires
- Happy to go to work
- Happy to stay on
- Conducive environment
- Future opportunity
JOB SATISFACTION– it can be determined by;
RELEVANCE OF YOUR FIRST DEGREE
- Every career requires skills.
- Basic skills-academics,
- Professional skills- specialized training at professional level
- Your first degree confers or represent a basic skill, knowledge and exposure
- It actually helps in better self discovery
- Helps in better career choice-better understanding of the economy and market place
- Your first degree will therefore prepare you for an exciting career in any area of choice
- If your career choice aligns with your initial degree you are lucky, if not just identify required skills and retrain
- Whatever the situation, your first degree is only suitable for a season. You will have to continue to train and retrain even as you actualise your career.
In summary you first degree can and should not limit your career choice rather it should enhance it and give you a solid foundation.
A mid-life crisis is a transition of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle aged individuals.
Mid-life crisis hits men aged 43, and women at 44.
Midlife crisis lasts between three and ten years in men whereas women will only suffer the crisis for two and five years, the study found.
WHY DO WE CHANGE CAREER?
The first question will be –why will you want to change your career?
- The economy has changed and services required changed. E.g getting job difficult, remuneration is poor, career growth limited etc. You struggle to meet financial needs
- Skills requirement – The skills driving economy have changed. Your current skill no longer competitive. E.g the world is going digital, global convergence.
- Current working environment is depressing – unconducive and happiness is out and draining your energy
HOW DO WE CHANGE CAREER?
Consider these things:
- Carry out a self assessment: SWOT analysis
- What do you know about the career, economy, skill etc
- Making a career change is risky and should be well planned and managed
HOW DO WE CHANGE CAREER?
- Build a network of people that can help you make your transition.
- Ask for help
- Seek advice from a career – design coach
- Agree the job/career that meet your need for money or happiness
- Retrain to acquire the skills for the job identified
ACTION PLAN – THE 10 STEPS
- Assessment of Likes and Dislikes
- Researching New Careers
- Transferable Skills.
- Training and Education
- Gaining Experience.
- Find a Mentor
- Changing In or Out.
- Job-Hunting Basics.
- Be Flexible.
The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make
- Don’t Look for a Job in Another Field Without Some Intense Introspection
- Don’t Look for Hot Fields Unless They’re a Good Fit for You
- Don’t Go into a Field Because Your Friend Is Doing Well in It
- Don’t Stick to Possibilities You Already Know About: stretch your perception
- Don’t Let Money Be the Deciding Factor
- Don’t Keep Your Dissatisfaction to Yourself or Try to Make the Switch Alone
- Don’t Go Back to School Unless You’ve Done Some Test-Drives in the New Field
- Be Careful When Using Placement Agencies or Search Firms
- Don’t Expect a Career Counsellor to Tell You Which Field to Enter
- Career counsellors are facilitators, and they’ll follow your lead. They can help
- Don’t Expect to Switch Overnight
- what career will be marketable when you will be 10+ ?
- what will you be doing in your mid 30 that will make you happy?
- if you want to work as an employee, how far do you want to go?
- at what point do you want to be an enterpreneur?
- do you have a career coach?
- what question do you ask about your career?