Choosing a career with passion and the right values.

What can we learn about choosing a career how can reflection genrate some career ideas? Well research by leading management schools like Harvard has shown that people who have successful and fulfilling careers share the following characteristics:

 

  1. They have a passion for what they do everyday
  2. They understand their talents and what drives
  3. They are really clear about what makes them passionate and can articulate that to others.

 

So do you have passion for your work?

 

Can you honestly say?

You get up most days excited about your work?

You lose track of time because your work is totally absorbing

You have great ideas about work popping into your head outside work hours

You get excited by a work win.

 

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If you answered yes to most of these questions you are passionate about what you do and your current role is probably a great match for you for now.

If you answered no, how do you go about choosing a career? How can your passions generate career ideas?

 

Just to make it crystal clear

 

Passion Symptoms

Passion Deficit Symptoms

Focused

Energetic

Creative

Driven

Eager

Enthusiastic

Apathetic

Frustrated

Confused

Low morale

Not engaged

Bored

 



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Here is a kind of career quiz called a values inventory to get you started in thinking about choosing a career.


Just work through each of the value statements and rate them. When you have finished them

·         Identify your top 10 values then

·         Prioritise your top 5 in order

 

Values

Explanation

Knowledge

Develop and use specific knowledge

Achievement

Having a sense of accomplishment

Security

Perform work not worries about losing your employment

Power

Have control over lost of resources at work

Status

Be recognised as important

Personal growth

Chance develop my talents and grow

Independence

In charge of my own work

Leadership

Influence others to get results

Challenge 

Find work that stimulates me intellectually

Money

Get big financial rewards from work

Physical Activity

Do work requiring strength  and agility

Change

Have variety in my role

Service to society

Making a difference to the lives of others

Creative

Chance to express creativity at work

Working with others

Be part of a close team

Family happiness

Good life work balance

Healthy

Physical and mentally fit

Career Ambition

Chance for career promotion

Friendship

Friends at work

Integrity

Work ethically and honestly

Detail

Task requiring precision and detail

Location

Convenient or desired place to live

Excitement 

Novelty and drama

Recognition

Acknowledged

Management

Achieving goals as a result of others efforts

Mentor

Learning from a great manager

Positive atmosphere

Supporting and please work environment

Dynamic

Fast paced work

Ambiguous

Complex and conceptual work

Helping others

Positive for society and community

Green

Environmentally friendly

Artistic

Artistic and aesthetic work

Flexible

Nimble not bureaucratic

 



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