Hell in Hallway

Today we look at the 4th factor in the search for an authentic vocation.

I quite often talk to people who are thinking about changing their career, or have had a change forced upon them due to redundancy.  “I don’t know how to do anything else”, is the statement I hear the most.

As part of the Marcia Bench Career Coaching program we look at all you relevant life skills and experience to help understand what is your current state.  This current state will provide a benchmark to consider what you need to develop to have the dream job.

Firstly, skills fall into 3 categories: technical, nontechnical and transferable.  By using these labels to brainstorm your current situation you may discover ones you had never thought of before.

Secondly, as many as 67% of the abilities deemed essential for effective performance require emotional competencies (soft skills).  I have noticed more and more that organisations are placing the focus on soft skills as they have realised that having a person who is the right cultural fit is more important than having the right technical skills.  So don’t underestimate the power of leadership, adaptability, people, sales and resilience skills.

Thirdly, There are at least 5 approaches to assessing knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Checklists
  • Open lists
  • Card sorts
  • Work experience stories
  • Software or internet based programs

All of these are available on the internet and with Startafreshlife.  Look beyond your work and search for skills you have achieved in your whole life.

Finally, while education and knowledge gained through other means are important to the career design process, you should not reject a job possibility simply because it traditionally requires a particular degree.

There are some organisation that are wedded to the requirement of a degree, ie universities, however there are other organisations who will happily consider work experience.  As a person who employs people, my only reasons for looking at a person with a degree, is that I know anyone who completes one has proven themselves to be committed and able to provide what is required to complete the job.  That withstanding, there are work experience examples which can provide the same skills, so I would encourage you to use those and throw your hat in the ring.

The key is most people will underestimate their knowledge, skills and abilities, don’t sell yourself short and get out there and sell yourself.

If you have any questions, or would like to receive free tools to complete this stage, please contact me at Startafreshlife.