The one thing you'll likely spend much of your life-time on, is your CAREER. Choosing your career, specialization, or even a career change needs focused thought and competent guidance.
Your ideal career is where your skills meet pressing world demands. So, take time to get to know the most important person in your life - YOU.
Understand your personality, occupational and creative desires, skills - your inner-world. Then explore corresponding keen demands in sustainable or emerging industries. Follow the 3-steps ahead to discover, validate, or reaffirm your career selection.
1. Identify Your Passion
Nothing great in this world has ever been achieved without passion.
Merely having a desire to do, be or have isn't enough. Having a passion is when you love doing something regularly – as Michael Jordan did his basketball or Messi does his football. You may not need to search hard for your passions – your instincts will tell you.
For career selection, identify your 2 or 3 passion areas that can help a lot of people – something which you love doing that removes pain or fulfills a wide or specialized demand.
If you are still thinking hard, ask yourself - what creative stuff do you like doing on your weekends … or try recalling how you have enjoyed helping people with your service or productivity in the past.
These questions should help you discover or reaffirm your core 2-3 passion areas. Now write them in your journal or personal notebook as:
Step 1. My Passion Areas: ...
2. Identify Your Skills
Skills are what you are good orgreat at. So what would you say if I asked you what are you great at?
Or what skills or tasks would your friends and colleagues claim that you are great at?
If you are still scratching your head, you will be surprised that you have deep reservoirs of dormant talent and abilities for you to awaken with focus and action. You only need to start with your passion areas and identify in-demand skills around your desires or passion that you'd be excited to learn.
Write down your existing skill-set or identified in-demand skills as:
Step 2. My Skills are: …
Are these valuable in the Market?
What related skills are valuable and in-demand?
3. Identify Your Market
What validates your career choice and success potential is the market value of your passion-fueled skills.
The bigger the problem your skills can solve for more people, the greater your career success, financial returns, and fulfillment.
So, this 3rd and final step is identifying the market or industry where your passion-driven skillset can create the most impact. Research your industry and market demands of your skill-set in job portals and industry-related websites.
A useful resource for the latest global perspective on careers is The Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum, which presents the latest industry market trends, emerging careers, and future in-demand skills.
Now write your observations from the WEF report as:
Step 3. My Industry-Related Trends & Market Demand?
Your ideal career is at the confluence of the dynamic trinity of - Passion, Skills, and Market (demand). Combining these factors will help discover, validate, or reaffirm your career selection.
Honing in on your ideal career choice is a most significant decision that needs continuous and wider research of markets, constant learning, discussions with relevant experts, and ideally, getting your ‘hands dirty’ in the chosen field.
With the ongoing radical transformation of industries, multi-skills and multiple career changes will become the norm - and so too this exercise of re-selecting, re-validating, and continual course-correction throughout your career.
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
Stephen W. Hawking
(1942 - 2018)
British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author
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It is crucial to understand the radically transforming industries in our world today. Certain industries and careers are disappearing, while several others are emerging.
Be careful about selecting your career path possibly in an evergreen industry (such as education, health, and law) or emerging industries and careers (such as digital technology, AI, and bio-technology).
Obviously, there is a wide range of careers in these realms, so research the future potential of your selected career and try to imagine what it will be like in 10-20 years.
If your imagination sparks new ideas about the immense future potential of your selected career and skillset, and it excites you, follow it with passion, constant learning, and innovation. You will be on the path to career fulfillment!