A few of my thoughts about this...
For oh so many years I sought hard to "figure out" what my ideal career. What was I meant to do? What do I love? I once worked for a company whose core philosophy was that your job should be a creative mishmash of doing what you're good at and what you love. I was so confused - what was good at?
Over the years in my Human Resource career (which I fell into and thought was pretty close to the mark), I've had many approach me with these same questions or asking how they break into their new career. Honestly my answer was pretty standard, you gotta find it on your own, you've got to seek it proactively and do the networking. I've never found it easy to give people the bad news that the higher # of resumes they send out or post on monster.com is NOT equivalent to increasing their chances of getting an interview. My best advice is that you've got to put energy into it, most of us haven't had a clear vision and have the fantasy that someday we'll just "know" what it is we're meant to do. Maybe. Maybe not!
Now, thankfully it is very simple for me to see my strengths and my passions:
Towards the end of last year, I was getting itchy to either get out of Human Resources or move to a smaller company. To allow for a big change that wouldn't shut out any options, I stated it simply that I wanted to do what I was good at and to be having fun. Lo and behold, a huge opportunity presented itself for a MASSIVE career change into sales. One year later, and after getting my review yesterday, it is beyond clear that although this is (almost too) easy for me, I am naturally good at it. I create relationships with people and am not shy when it comes to getting what I want!!
However... I'm very tired of working from home. While I feel extremely fortunate for this option, it's hard for me.Working from home means that I'm not actually "with" people. That's become a new distinction I'm going to tack on to "being good with people IN PERSON!". Even though I'm a self-motivated person, I've found that sometimes I do work because I'm accountable for it, someone else is going to know I didn't do it so I'd better do it! The urgent stuff of my job - creating quotes, closing deals - isn't hard for me, but it's the stuff that doesn't have deadlines (i.e. calling leads) just doesn't get done.
So, to kick off 2009, I'm going to say some new things in hopes that casting this wide net will attract these things to me:
So, that's it! Thanks for reading and for your support. From what I read on blogs, it's kind of rare that people give themselves props, but for me it's important for me to write down so I don't forget. It helps me to go back and remind myself of my value and to stay focused on that! It's like "notes to self"!