You hear the same story from most anyone you ask, so how did you end up as an electrician, as a teacher or as a mechanical engineer? Answer: well, my mom was a teacher, I grew up in a home of construction workers or my science teacher told me I should pursue engineering. But, what would you really want to pursue, now that you have been in the job market for a few years? Then there is a pause, well, I’m not sure…
It’s almost as if one doesn’t believe that it is possible to define a career sweet spot.
There really is a better way and it is the road less traveled. This alternative road is not more difficult, not hidden or reserved for the privileged. It can be traveled with or without a college education, with or without prior work experience. It is the rock solid bottom line of what truly matters in choosing one’s future career path.
This very basic level of thinking and planning involves two important elements. The First is your passion. To find your sweet spot, there needs to be an internal passion about what it is you want to do. I have a good friend who is a fish biologist. He thinks, dreams and talks about fish. He never tires about this subject. Evenings and weekends he is pondering about going fishing, how the weather is impacting fish migration, what the Fed agencies might be changing regarding regulations. Now, some of us are not as obvious about our passions, yes, we want to help underprivileged children, but do we want that so desperately that we will make it the cornerstone of our career life? Actually, a better approach is to determine the top ten list where your passion seems to be speaking the loudest. To translate your passion to the world of work, your motivational dynamic needs to ultimately define a type of organization which represents the passion. An example would be: an inner city educational research organization which represents the passion of making a difference for underprivileged kids.
The second most basic element for your career thinking and planning is choosing the job you will do. This step is not based on your passion, it is based on patterns of behavior. Selecting one’s day to day duties requires a clear understanding of one’s DNA, how you are wired. Some are naturally gifted in mechanical applications, others in public speaking and further, others are talented in artistic applications. Now, I’m using the reference to DNA to represent your innate natural talents which enable each of us to do certain things exceeding well. Yes, with average intelligence, we can learn to do many things, but learning how is not the same as intuitively understanding how. One can take a course in interior design, but if that person is color blind the instruction will have limited value. Natural talents are significantly enhanced by training, and they also learn by trial and error. The longer a person is using their talents, the higher the level of job productivity and fulfillment.
So, in summary, you can discover your best career options which match your passion and your talents.
One closing comment. How do you know for sure that you have found it? There is a simple test you can apply. Go and meet the person who is employed within your preferred organization doing the job you have selected which matches your strengths. There should be that long awaited Aha