Career Tracking and the Career Development Process

SHOW NOTES
Can you fully participate in the day-to-day process of your career management? Learning, researching, and thinking a little every day about potential and opportunity is what career development is all about. Most people are happiest working in a field that uses their natural talents and favorite skills and where their passion for the work is energizing. You can have that too! Learn more about career development and what I call career tracking. I also walk you through self-selecting your own MBTI® personality type.

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A Career to Love: Mindset and Career Development

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  • When building a satisfying career, you must embrace and pursue your own path.
  • Building a satisfying career is continuing choice, not a one-time decision.
  • A fulfilling career is built upon natural strengths which enable you to work with ease and to gain expertise faster.
  • For a little piece of astrology about careers, begin by getting a free natal chart online at astro.cafeastrology.com. Just click on “Birth Chart” once you get there.

Did you know that there are things to look at on your natal chart that can give ideas to consider when working on your own career plan? At the top of your chart will be a sign that indicates what others easily recognize about you. When you combine that info with your moon sign and your Mars sign you can really start to gather some helpful ideas that can point to practical steps to try in your career.

Before the Job Hunt

Often people get it backward. They arrive at a time in their lives when they need a new job then the first thing they do is look for job openings. It may seem logical but it is not the most beneficial way to go about it. Many of those jobs are not a good match for one reason or another. If they are not a match then they are just distractions.

Instead, flip the process around and begin with yourself. Engage in some pre-job hunt career research. Career research is a process of getting in-depth knowledge of yourself and an idea of where your skills and interests best fit into the career landscape. The purpose of career research is to develop a career strategy and job hunt plan. So the process looks like this instead:

  1. Begin with self-awareness
  2. Study occupations
  3. Then industry trends
  4. Then company culture and job openings.

There are strong advantages to working a job hunt from this angle. First is that you will get a better understanding of your personal brand along the way. You will be able to strategically network with others knowing what you want them to remember about you. You also gain a deep understanding of what makes your heart sing and will be able to zoom in on opportunities that are more likely to work optimally for you. Lastly, you will come from a position of passion in job interviews and will be more convincing and so more likely to win the offer.

A good place to start is with this career aptitude test based on the Holland Codes. It’s good, it’s quick, and it’s free. The results are useful and interesting. The same website also has some excellent career research resources. I love the way the information on each job title is presented. It’s easy to read, short and sweet, and particularly relevant. Of course, O*Net is a very good resource for career research as well.