||Career & Life Planning ...
What Do I Want to Do When
(or if) I Grow Up?
You’re considering changing
unhappy in your current position.
be considering a specific new position now, and
wondering if it’s the right step. You could be trying to
the next step should be for you, or if you’ve chosen the right career
If you’re thinking
about changing jobs, you should also
be evaluating what it is that you want to do. Now is the time
yourself that age-old question once again: What do I
want to do when I
grow up? It’s never too late to change your mind
on this question.
Explore in your mind what it is that will truly make you happy; this
could mean changing companies and doing the same thing, or it could
it’s time to teach whitewater kayaking to over-the-hill thrill
Or something that is just about anywhere in between.
questions will help you decide whether a
job you’re interviewing for is the right one for you; they will also
decide whether it’s time to stay the course, or go for a new
is the time, kid, not later, when all the stars become aligned
good at? What can I do much better than
like to do?
thine own self be true …
not good at? Be brutally honest with
yourself on this one. No one else will see this. To
give yourself a
hint, think of the things that you'd rather have someone else do.
not want to do?
of people do I want to work with?
Do I want
to work with brainerds or commonfolk? Do I want to hang
creative types, merchants, number crunchers, or builders?
kind of atmosphere do I
want in my
workplace? Do I want a
place that's hard-driving or
easy-going? How important is it for me to work at a place
that has high
ethical standards? Or would I just like to make money?
Why Did I
want to continue to live after they throw dirt on my
face? In other words, what do I want to
contribute to this world?
all the money I could ever want, what would I
do? (The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test)
that I don't have all the money I could ever
want, and am not likely to get it soon, what can I do that will let me
pretty much the same thing I just wished I could be doing, anyway?
isn't as hard as you think. Think in terms of generalities,
specifics. If, with unlimited riches, you'd go to Tahiti and
landscapes dotted with three-eyed warthogs, recast this as I Want To Be
Creative. What career and personal lifestyle will allow you to do these
process, consider doing something that you enjoy
doing rather than something you enjoy being. Prestige,
the bows in
the supermarket that go along with it, won't keep you coming into work
screaming, "Thank God It's Monday!"
Make Jack a Dull Boy ...
my plan fit in with my family's, and my personal
Don't forget this part, and for God's sake, don't minimize its
want to do outside of work? How
do I want to give to my work, and how much to the other parts of my
I want to live? How important is my
location to me? To my family?
is my current position, and current
me achieve my career and personal goals?
How isn't it?
your current position and current company help
you achieve your goals in the future?
Nut Crackin' Time!
will a new position, and the new
company that goes
with it, help me achieve my career and personal goals?
it? (there’s no reason to send yourself
down a new gopher hole that will be the same old gopher hole once you
Don't Forget What
Color Is Your Parachute?
the best book to help you quickly re-evaluate
your career choice is still the classic What
Color Is Your Parachute?. Now
you probably already have a dog-eared copy of this around (if not, get
here to order What
Color Is Your Parachute?).
think that you’ve gone past this book – it is viewed by many as an
job hunter's book – but it also has some great sections on choosing
what it is
that you want to do with your life. At the very least, take
some time and
do the Quick Job Hunting Map exercise. This is worth the
price of the
book alone; the exercise is short and enlightening every time that you
Kayaking photos (of Job Magician) by Bill Smith and Patrick Rogers