What Is The Toughest Challenge Facing Your Career?
Choosing a career ranks as one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your life!
I have seen first-hand, the challenges faced by professionals who are struggling with under-performance, stress, anxiety, career stagnation, anger, depression, under-achievement or financial failure as a result of having made bad career choices.
That is why this article is dedicated to helping everyone make better career choices.
Making the right career choice is important because you will spend the major part of your day (9 to 11 hours) at work and your financial success is also tied to your choice of a career.
That means, if you make the wrong career choice, you could end-up under performing (financially) for a very long-time!
The key to choosing a career (wisely), is using a comprehensive, step-by-step process to analyze and understand both yourself and your industry.
In other words, you have to evaluate thoroughly your personality as well as your current job market, before you choose a career for yourself.
With all this in-mind, the first two (2) steps of our process are:
Step 1 - Know yourself: In this first step, you factor in your likes / dislikes, goals, aspirations, dreams, background, education, experience, hobbies, skills when choosing a career.
Step 2 - Know your job market: In the second step, you factor in the current job market, competition, pros and cons of each potential career path as well as their learning curve when choosing a career.
This concept of knowing both yourself and the environment in which you operate, is perhaps explained in Sun Tzu's classic Art of War ...
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
It's only after a thorough or comprehensive analysis of yourself and the current job market that you can move on to the third step, which is decision making.
In our process, Step 3 involves eliminating bias or wrong information before carefully weighing the pros and cons of each potential career path with your best interest in mind!
With all this in-mind, this article is one in a series of articles on how to choose a career.
If you have any questions about your career, go ahead and Ask Your Question ... and we will answer it for you!