steps towards your next career
Half my clients are undecided college students; the
other half are in their 50’s. The latter come to me for advice about what to do
for the last third of their lives. The most common thread is a strong desire to
do something they’ve never had the time, means or courage to do. Thankfully, at
50 a healthy degree of courage, emerges from the fullness of a life well lived
by lessons learned and mistakes made.
If you’re age appropriately fearless and curious about what’s possible
and what’s next, then my three-step process might just launch your next career
and the beginning of rest of your life.
1. Take inventory of your
When it comes to career
decisions, it makes sense to begin by discovering and defining your strengths.
Research indicates that when individuals apply their strengths, they have the
most potential to perform exceedingly well. I recommend two personality assessments
to help individuals know and differentiate themselves:
A) Authentichappiness.org –
Try the VIA scale. This free scale measures character strengths and virtues,
listing 5 signature strengths.
B) Strengthsfinder2.0 –
Created by the renowned Gallup organization, this scale identifies at least
five major personality strengths. Users come away with a greater understanding
of their unique personality strengths.
2. Do the 3CQ Exercise –
Three Career Questions
time to answer the Three Career Questions. When you’re finished, look for
repetitions in your answers. The redundancies are indicators of career strengths
Here’s my own personal example. This exercise created by Tal Ben-Shahar – the famous
professor who taught the most popular class at Harvard in 2006. It was this
that led me to apply to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania.
Since then, I
launched a second career from corporate human resources to career consulting
What do I value?
Relationships and helping others
Learning new things
Facts and information
Talent and hard
What do I enjoy?
Helping people with career decisions
Listening and relating to people
Reading and learning
Collecting random facts
anything exceptionally well-done
What am I good at?
Helping and mentoring
Inspiring others and instilling confidence
Reading, writing and learning
Collecting random information
3. Recall and collect “Me
at My Best” stories
These are stories that
demonstrate pivotal events such as proud moments, big accomplishments,
adversities overcome and tough issues resolved. These stories reveal to listeners your natural and inner
strengths. Tell these stories to someone you trust and admire. Ask the listener
to tell you what the story reveals about you. Their insights will help you further define and
Good luck. Here’s to making
your last career the best.