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|December 20, 2008|
Use the holidays to take back control of your life and career, especially if you are unhappy in your job or career.
As discussed on a recent episode of Oprah (yes, the QuintCareers team does watch those episodes of Oprah in which she empowers people to change their lives), Marcus Buckingham (author of GO Put Your Strengths to Work) helped a handful of women take charge of their lives and careers by guiding them through a period of introspection.
If you are unhappy in your job — or with your career — as many people are, use some of the downtime during the holidays (and the approaching new year) to make major decisions about the future direction of your career… and your life. As we say in many places on QuintCareers, if you are not happy in your job, you will not be happy with your life.
While Marcus talks about finding your work strengths, we talk about finding your career passion. Different names — but basically the same outcome. Finding your career passion — a vocation that you truly enjoy doing and a job and career you like — is based partly on the idea that your passion has to be something you enjoy — something you are good at — a strength.
We believe that people who are searching for their career passion need to examine a number of different issues that together can begin to paint a picture of the perfect career… and we include all that in our free tutorial: Finding Your Career Passion Tutorial.
Take the tutorial at your own pace, examining key issues such as examining your lifelong interests, rediscovering favorite subjects when you were a student, analyzing the types of activities that energize you… in other words, uncovering sometimes overlooked or hidden talents and interests that will lead you to a new career and a better life… one in which you now have a passion for rather than a dread.
If you missed the Oprah episode, no worries, as Oprah placed the information on her Website: Take Control of Your Career and Your Life. You’ll actually find a free online class (with worksheets) to help guide you to making some decisions about your future.
Finally, if you like more interactive tools, consider taking one or more online career exploration tests, which you can find here: Career Assessment Tools & Tests.
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- QuintZine: A Career and Job-Hunting Newsletter
- Q-Tips: Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
- Q&A with Career & College Experts
- The Career Doctor Career Advice Column
- College, Career, and Job-Related Articles
- Career and Job-Related Tutorials