Finding your dream career is one of the hardest challenges an aspiring professional faces; and it's not just about finding one answer. It's about all the questions related to it:
- How can I find the right career help along my journey?
- Which career should I have?
- Should I try a career coach or career counseling?
- ... and finally what is a career in the first place these days?
It's a tough nut to crack. However when you find out the answer you'll find so much more meaning for your career and life! Wouldn't it be great to release the feeling of frustration and being stuck? You might even rediscover your passion, and can approach work with enthusiasm to enjoy the work you do everyday.
I know all of this because I've been there myself:
Before I started as an entrepreneur and founded my own company I worked hard for companies that didn't resonate with me at all. After working there long enough, I got stressed out so much that I became easily irritable. I was living in a long distance relationship and that was deteriorating fast. I simply wasn't enjoying my work or my life.
I didn't have a clear vision for my career. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to become an entrepreneur working on something that I could be passionate about, but I didn't know what that would actually be. I had no idea how to reach that dream career by myself.
Eventually I had enough and started to look for solutions to identify my passion, clarify my career vision and reach my dream career. During that search I discovered three key insights that helped me find my dream career.
In this post I want to share these tips with you, so you can also go after your dream career.
3 Tips to Find Your Dream Career
Tracing back my own experience in finding my dream career I found out that the following three things were instrumental in creating my results:
- Developing self-awareness
- Hiring a career coach (and a life coach)
- Finding a community that supports & develops you
Why do I think these were the core factors? Let me break it down for you.
1. Developing self-awareness
"What is my dream career?" is a very introspective question. The answer has to take into account your personality, behaviour and skills so that your career can match what's authentic to you. Self-awareness is our key skill to understanding ourselves better, being at peace with who we are and proactively managing our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, according to Daniel Goleman.
Five easy ways to develop your self awareness are:
- creating space for your thoughts
- practicing mindfulness
- keeping a journal
- listening to yourself
- gaining different perspectives from new experiences
In my experience, spending some time developing your self-awareness will get you started and provide you with key insights needed for the next step. Don't get stuck developing your self-awareness forever. Going at it alone will only get you so far, you'll likely need a bit more career help from a professional.
2. Hiring a career coach (or life coach)
Once you've spent a bit of time on developing self-awareness you'll run into realisations such as "Hey, I don't know what my passion is", "I've no idea what I'm good at" or "I think my self-confidence really needs a boost"
Finding answers and solutions to these questions will require a bit more career help, preferably from a professional. That's where a career coach (or life coach) can be a great help!
My career coach helped me identify my values, passions, strengths and weaknesses. She also helped me understand why I had made my previous career decisions and how I can make the right decisions in the future towards my dream career. And finally, with her help, I was able to create a clear vision for my career. Finding out all of this about myself and being able to gain a clear perspective gave me the confidence boost that I needed.
Having a career coach guide you will super charge your transformation. In a short period of time you'll have an actionable plan to execute towards. Career coaching can last for 5 to 10 sessions depending on your situation. After that it makes sense to spread your own wings, which is what the last step is about:
3. Finding a community that supports & develops you
Jim Rohn famously said that you are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with. While getting a career coach is a great step in getting out of your normal environment, finding the right tribe for you is just as vital for your success. Look for a community that is passionate about the same things as you are. Even better if that community will provide you with new skills for your dream career.
I joined a training program for tech founders called Founder Institute. In the 3.5 month program I learned the key skills for founding a tech company, met peers that had similar goals and built a network that became my initial team and advisors to make my dream company and thus my dream career true.
A like minded community will offer you much needed support as you navigate towards your dream career.
3 Key Career Help Tips in Summary
To sum up, the three career help ideas I would recommend you to try are: 1. develop your self-awareness. Finding out the questions that bug and frustrate you the most will help you identify the key areas to improve or change your career. 2. Hire a career coach: working with a coach will help you find the answers to tough questions, and give you a plan with action steps and accountability towards your dream career. 3. Find a community that supports & develops you: try to meet up with people who share your dreams or want to work in the same field, or find a training program with peer support that will build the skills you need in your new career.
If you liked this article and want to find your dream career with the help of a career coach you can try out an introduction call on Coachilla.
I would love to hear your feedback and questions, feel free to share your own experience with coaching or anything else you'd like to say. I can be reached at eeppi(a)coachilla.co, or tweet to me at @EeppiNieminen.
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