|Volume 08, Issue 02||ISSN: 1528-9443||March 26, 2007|
| In just about every year of QuintZine’s existence (and we are 7 years old as of March 2007), we’ve published an issue about exploring your ideal career — trying to find the career that fits best for you.
The wonderful feature article of this issue, by Publisher Dr. Randall S. Hansen, has been brewing in his head for a long time and is the culmination of advice he gives his students and others. It’s a valuable addition to the literature on figuring out the best career for you.
–Katharine Hansen, Master Resume Writer, Credentialed Career Master, Certified Electronic Career Coach, and editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
| Finding Your Career Passion
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Note: This article is adapted from Dr. Hansen’s forthcoming book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Choosing a College Major
Passion may seem an odd word choice when paired with career, but rest assured that one of the most important elements of personal happiness is being passionate about your career and your job. You do not want to be one of those people who live for the weekends and dread Sunday evenings. Life is too short to not love the work you do.
Will you love your work and your career as much as your passion for other things and people? Why not? It is completely possible to not only find the career that is a perfect match for your skills and interests, but one that also inspires you and fuels your desire to perform better, work harder.
Do you think you’re too old, too entrenched in your current career? Or maybe too young and filled with too many ideas (or doubts) about what you want to do with your life? Or maybe a recent college grad who now realizes you chose the wrong major and career path?
Regardless of where you are in life — where you are in your career — there is always time to discover — or rediscover — what you’re truly passionate about and turn that interest and passion into a new career.
Finding a career that you have a passion for is all about obtaining fulfillment. Some of these jobs may also not be the highest-paying jobs in the world, but career passion is not about the money; it’s about how the job makes you feel inside. Loving your job and career will go a long way to loving your life — so, take the time to find your career passion. The ideal scenario is one where you find a career that combines what you love to do with you’re great at doing.
One of the best tools for clarifying your underlying interests, passions, and possible career paths is to sit down and reflect on a series of questions about how you have lived your life thus far. These questions are designed to really make you think and reflect on who you are as a person and what you want to become. Read the full article and discover your career passion.
| Plotting the Story of Your Ideal Career
by Katharine Hansen
If you’re confused about what to do with your career — or what to do NEXT with your career — and you haven’t gained insight from taking assessments, there is another way. You can learn more about yourself, gain insight into the best career for you, and plot out how to get there through creating stories.
A small but growing collection of research, for example, has looked at using story and narrative in career counseling. “Psychotherapy is based on the premise that we each create our own life story from the time we are born,” wrote Jack Maguire in The Power of Personal Storytelling. Career counselors are increasingly using narrative approaches to encourage clients to build their career stories.
Authors Christensen and Johnston suggested in the Journal of Career Development that developing narratives can significantly help individuals to know what to emphasize in their career planning. They proposed that counselors perceive clients as both authors and central characters in their career stories, which they are “concurrently constructing and enacting.” Constructing their career story, the authors said, enables clients to discover connections and meaning in their careers that they might not have otherwise. When individuals imagine their desired future stories, they facilitate their belief that their storied, envisioned future will play out in reality. The authors’ research indicated that, indeed, clients who could tell these future stories tended to be “more effective in bringing those plans to fruition,” while Maguire characterized the narrative-therapy process as revising or replacing negative stories with positive ones.
Instead of answering the question traditionally explored in career counseling, “Who am I?” by listing traits such as interests, skills, aptitudes, and values, narrative approaches articulate the job-seeker’s preferred future. Larry Cochran, who has devoted an entire book to the use of narrative in career counseling, notes that the narrative approach emphasizes “emplotment,” which refers to how a person can cast himself or herself as the main character in a career narrative that is meaningful, productive, and fulfilling. Plotting out a career story can also help a person conceptualize the steps needed to attain his or her desired career, remind the narrator of career goals, and enable him or her to stay on track in achieving the envisioned career.
Our article offers a number of approaches to exploring your career desires and passions through storytelling. Considerable overlap exists among these story exercises, so don’t feel you need to use all of them. But pick a couple that resonate with you and use them to examine meanings, themes, and patterns in your career to date, as well as to plot out how to attain your career dreams. Read the full article.
One frequent step along the path to career discovery is choosing a college major, and MyMajors.com is a nice tool for high school and college students trying to identify potential disciplines in which to major in college.
This site asks you about your interests and experiences, analyzes the information, and then suggests five college majors for you to think about. While the site should not be your only source for deciding on a major, it’s a neat tool that can help jump-start your planning process.
MyMajors gives you lots of information about what these majors are, what types of courses you would take to get a degree, what jobs are available to graduates with this major and about the wonderful institutions that offer these majors.
The site will provide an advisement report to review with your parents or counselor.
Thoughts change? Return to MyMajors and change your information to get new results.
No cost to users.
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| Sex and Drugs are Undermining Your Job Search — Literally!
A column by Teena Rose
This morning, I read one ofthe most comprehensive and well-informed advice pieces on job searching that I’d read in quite some time. The Internet has opened the world for us, broadening our eyes to new topics. Unfortunately, it has also opened the floodgates to bad advice and tips that miss the mark on what we’re trying to achieve. Online advice seems to linger, as well, so what might have been good wisdom to follow just a year or two back is no longer true for today. It’s the nature of the beast, I suppose. With good comes some bad.
MISS THE CAREER DOCTOR? If you miss our former regular feature, Ask the Career Doctor, you can still read the Career Doctor Archives.
| Marge Watters of The Society of Management Accountants of Canada suggests working through these questions to discover what you want to do in your career:
The CareerXroads Annual Sources of Hire Study reveals the following about how employers fill their open positions:
Don’t give up on that childhood career dream! From The (Toronto) Globe and Mail: From the time he watched a Boeing 747 fly overhead when he was 10, Robert Milton knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. “Not be a cowboy or a fireman, not an astronaut or an athlete . . . it was the idea of running an airline that appealed to me,” the current chairman and former chief executive officer and president of Air Canada says in his autobiography, Straight from the Top.
Clearly, Mr. Milton is one executive who saw his dream job come true. But that makes him a rare bird, a survey of 2,160 senior executives worldwide has found.
The majority of those polled said they regretted abandoning their childhood dreams of becoming astronauts, pro athletes, or film stars to become executives.
And they would choose a different career if they knew then what they know now, according to the survey by Korn/Ferry International, which included 100 executives in Canada.
In fact, just 18 percent of the senior executives said they aspired as children to become business leaders. Among the other 82 percent, 15 percent dreamed of being professional athletes and 11 percent had their hearts set on becoming astronauts. Another 10 percent wanted to be doctors or nurses.
Law, police, firefighting, the military and teaching were each the childhood aspirations of about 5 percent of the executives polled. And 4 percent each dreamed of careers in music, acting or politics. No one, it seems, yearned to be an actuary or a tax auditor, and no other profession got more than 1 percent of votes.
For a majority of the executives polled, abandoning their dream has created lasting regrets. A full 51 percent said that, if they could start their career over again, they would most likely do something completely different that more closely matched their long-held aspirations. And career pros say there is more opportunity than ever to do just that.
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| WATCH FOR feature articles on these topics in upcoming issues of QuintZine:
* Office Politics
* Women and Men at Work
* Gossiping at the Office
* Defending Yourself at Work
* How to Transition Back to Work: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Parents
* Women as Breadwinners
* Maternity Leave
* 10 Job-hunting Mistakes to Avoid
* Your Job Search IQ
* Jobs on the Cutting Edge
* Should You Make a Lateral Career Move?
* Volunteer Your Way into a New Job
* First Impressions Quiz
* Be Ready for an Unexpected Job Interview
* Your Blog as a Resume?
* Font Facts: Resume Typography
* Resume Bullet Points: Before and After
* Social/Online Networking from the Recruiter’s Perspective
* Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid
* Use Your Resume to Negotiate a Higher Salary
* GLBT Job-search Issues
* The Value of Internships Abroad and Study Abroad
* Top 10 Fears of Job-seekers
* For Job-hunting Success, Develop a Detailed Job-Search Plan
* Keep Your Career Dreams Alive
* MBA Career Portfolios
* Pre-Hire Background/Credit Checks
* Financial Aid/Scholarship Timetable
* Build Confidence and Avoid Insecurity in Job Interviews
* Empty Nest Job-seekers
* Are You Sabotaging Your Job-Search/Career?
* Lifelong Networking
* Networking for the Shy
* Working Night Shifts/Odd Hours
* College Grad Hiring from the Recruiter’s Perspective
* Quintessential Career Profiles of YOU, our readers
* Q&As with well-known career experts
* Book reviews
. . . and much, much more…
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Publisher: Dr. Randall S. Hansen
Editor: Katharine Hansen
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