It is very important to have a career plan. This will help you manage the direction of your career. It will also inform you of the job skills and knowledge you will need and help you to put a plan in place in terms of how you may acquire them. One critical element in the development of a career plan is a self-assessment. A self-evaluation is extremely important because it leads to a self-understanding. Socrates was right when he pleaded, "know yourself." Self-understanding is something that is often missing in our day and age. However, this was not less true at the times of Socrates than it is today. How, then, does one arrive at such a self-knowledge? you wonder. This article aims reasonably at answering this very question.
Again, the process to arrive at a self-understanding is a self-assessment. A self-assessment is an honest conversation with yourself about yourself . Often it will benefit you to include in that conversation other people who know and care about you. Such a process will lead to the discovery of things about yourself that you might have been aware of. If you want to make sure that you plan your career appropriately, it is particularly important for you to know the kind of person that you are. A career strategy needs not be too elaborate. How sophisticated and detailed you want to be is entirely up to you. However, a sound self-assessment will consider, among others, the following aspects of your life: your values, your passion, and your current knowledge. Let's now look at each one of these briefly.
Your Values . Everyone has some things that consider more important than anything else in life. These are things that would probably always stand for no matter the circumstances. These things could have some social aspects of life (like family), some political convictions (like the right of women to vote), some religious beliefs, etc. Often, values are things for which someone would even consider dying. Nelson Mandela, for example, believed that apartheid was unjust and, in his own words, informed that he was prepared to die to see that political system collapse. Whether they are conscious of them or not, everyone has values. You should know yours and take them into consideration when you plan your career and professional direction.
Your Passion . We all have things that we are rather passionate about. These are things we enjoy. They are things we catch ourselves doing all the times. In a way, we are never tired of doing things we are passionate about. For example, some people enjoy reading. They read all the times and they do it effortlessly. Others enjoy public speaking. They find great joy and a huge sense of accomplishment when they are speaking to a live audience. Wherever they are, they quickly become the life of the party. People's passions also keep them awake at nights. If you pay attention to yourself, you will discover what your passions are. They are things about which you get very excited easily. When you are passionate about something, you always find a way to talk about it and you can do that all day. Your passions should be factored into your career plan.
Your Current Knowledge . We all have some knowledge in certain particular areas. We may have acquired such knowledge from previous studies or personal experiences. Sometimes we forget that we have such knowledge because we take it for granted. It is, however, always good for you to think of all the assets (cognitive and others) you already have at your disposal. It does not matter how you got them. The most important thing is the fact that you do. As one bank puts it in a commercial, you may be richer than you think. Because of a lack of awareness of what we already have, sometimes we spend a lot of time, money and energy building new foundations when we should simply build on foundations we already have in place.
I recently took a ride with a colleague of mine to a conference. As we were chatting along the way, I got to know him a little more. I learned that his parents were farmers. My college reported to himself as a farm boy. He also mentioned some of his childhood friends who, like him, were also farm boys. He grew up on the farm and learned farming from his parents. Later on, when he went to the university, he took agriculture. After his studies, he went back to the farm and worked for his parents. As his parents were aging he got more and more control of the family business. Of course, later his parents retired and he got full control. At this point, he managed to grow the farm by buying more land. Today he is a considerately wealthy man. During and after the course of this conversation, I could not help but realize how this man built on something he already had at his disposal. It may have taken him longer and more work to be as successful as he's been if he chose to follow a totally different career path, like, for example, politics.
In summary, planning is very important. Life becomes a little easier to go through when we plan ahead of time. Planning is to going through life what has a map is to taking a trip to a place where you have not been before . Actually, someone argued that "failing to plan is planning to fail." Having a career is part of our lives. In fact, it is one of the most important aspects of our lives. We all need to have a way of making a living. Without our mental or physical conditions do not allow us, we are all expected to work until we retire. As any other aspect of life, a career needs to be planned (without it is definitely too late to do so). In this article, I have argued that key to a sound career planning is a self-assessment that leads to a self-understanding. When you are making a career plan, you should assess yourself on many things. Among these are your values, your passions, and your current knowledge.