4 Steps to finding your career passion and working out what you really, really want

4 Steps to finding your career passion and working out what you really, really want

Career Passion

After a year like no other, I’ve had many conversations with people lately who have been reflecting on their career paths.  The world has changed and Covid has seen to that!  Some have experienced a change that was out of their control, others are feeling stuck and want a career change. They want to find their passion but have no idea how to go about it.  

1.     So how do you find out what’s “in” you?

You don’t find your passion, you ignite it from the inside out. It’s not a quick fix, it does take energy, self-reflection, courage, and a willingness to see things differently. 

To get started, get to know yourself a little more.

How would you answer these questions?

  • What are you doing when you get “lost” and time just flies?
  • If you were asked to teach somebody something, what would you choose?
  • What activity would you love to spend all day doing?
  • What were the things you really enjoyed, and what were the things that dragged you down about your current/past work?
  • What kind of people do you like working with?
  • What are your deal breakers, your values that you will not compromise on? 

These are just a sample of the questions that start to uncover what you love in life, what you don’t like, and what you care about.

Career Passion

Some of the buzzwords for 2020 have been to “pivot” in your career and utilise your “transferrable skills” to change roles or industries.

Do you have a good grasp on your “transferrable skills?”

Things like problem solving, communication, planning, or leadership?

2.     The important part

Write a complete list of all your skills, ask your friends if you like.  Which of these skills do you enjoy utilising? Which ones are OK? Which skills do you not enjoy using?

This is important to review, as you may be good at doing something, but you’ve burned yourself out doing it.

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3.    Now What?

Once you start to see a pattern, start looking at job ads. Don’t apply for any but save those that pique your interest – it doesn’t matter if you have no experience. Be playful – visualise yourself in that role.  Keep adding to the list.  Then go back and see what the common theme is to those roles.  What is standing out for you?

Start thinking about the “why” behind these desired jobs that stand out for you.

Think you’ve found your “jam?” Before you look too far ahead, start with one step to move forward – something that lights you up. Start with something that will allow your passion to grow from the inside.  Take an online class, attend a workshop, read books. There are so many options to begin to make that change that could lead to your next career move.

4.    Everything is scary until you do it

We are all afraid of trying something new for fear of failure. But finding your jam can give you a renewed sense of purpose, strengthen your career and ensure you maintain your focus.

You’ve invested a lot of time in your current career but taking the time for self-reflection could also reveal the elements you could preserve that would make you happy. 

Career Passion

Carol has over 15 years helping people with their career journeys as a coach and advisor.  She has held leadership roles within the banking and HR consulting sectors and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business – Human Resources Management from the University of Auckland.

Carol is passionate about supporting others’ career journeys, mentoring in the “Future Leaders Programme” at YMCA Auckland and with First Foundation, a trust founded to assist academically talented New Zealand students worthy of support to achieve their potential through tertiary education and to prepare them to positively influence and benefit their communities.

Always willing to help, Carol is available for practical one on one coaching.

7 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

7 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

7 Ways to brighten someone's day

7 ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

Mental Health Awareness Week 21 – 27 Sept 2020

Every year in Aotearoa, we focus on Mental Health Awareness . There is no escaping that 2020 has created some huge challenges for us all, right across our daily lives.

This year’s theme, “Reimagine Wellbeing Together” He Tirohanga Anamata, encourages us to reflect on the big and small actions we’ve taken to take care of each other this year.

Sometimes it’s hard to reimagine what wellbeing looks like.  We all have mental wellbeing.  It can mean different things for us all. It’s a timely reminder to embrace the simple things we can do each day to really help strengthen our wellbeing. This can then can help us through the tough times.

There is a new theme each day – beginning with “Recharge with others” – Whiria te muka tangata.

Check out the Mentemia website where they have lots of daily activities, talks and tips for the week of Mental Health Awareness.  Want to help others and invite more joy into your life? Doing kind things for others floods your body with feel-good hormones – just like the ones you get from runner’s high.  Read their blog on 7 ways to Brighten Someone’s Day which include tiny yet thoughtful gestures that make the world a better place.  They will not only brighten your day but someone else’s.