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A critical, key step in any successful career journey is a personal inventory. This includes being realistic about your needs, professional experiences, and long- and short-term objectives you are seeking. This should be the first step anyone considering a career move should take, especially a lateral move or a different career. Above all, you want to make sure you’re leveraging your passion and desires as well as your talents and strengths in your new career journey—to help you develop the most effective and efficient gameplan for getting you to your ultimate goal.
To help you develop your complete career game plan, download this Slideshare.
Here are some considerations when developing your personal inventory.
1. Preferences and Lifestyle
InterestsWork Environment Lifestyle AbilitiesKnowledge and ExperiencesPersonal StrengthsWeaknesses and Dislikes
2. Education, including degrees, training, certifications, and single college course you may have taken. Previous college credits and\or your previous work experience can save you both time and money, so make sure you consider those in your career audit and when deciding which university to attend. 3. Experience in the workplace, internships, and volunteer work. Consider what have you done that’s built and strengthened your skillset and knowledge.4. Assessments. There are many career and personality assessments. An electronic search for these is a good place to start (note: some assessments require fees). Here are some assessments you may want to look into.
StrengthsFinderMyers-Briggs Birkman MethodKeirsey Temperament Sorter Personalitytype.com My Next Move
After you have completed your personal assessment, you should have a better perspective on which career choice and industry are right for you and can start researching the jobs and roles you may aspire to. You’ll also have a better undersatnding of what you need to prepare for before you implement your job search strategies.
To help you develop your complete career game plan, download this Slideshare.Next in This Series: Research Profession and Industry
Looking for a New Career? Try Starting with a Self-Audit to Document Your Experience
How Do You Know When It's Time to Change Careers?
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