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3 Questions You’re Not Asking That Will Guide Your Career Choice.

Brad Minton, MS, LPC, NCC

Career and Academic Counselor, Instructor, Speaker

Reproduced with permission from author

Minton, B. (2016, September 9).3 Questions You’re Not Asking That Will Guide Your Career Choice. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com

Working with teenagers and young adults everyday who are coming to college is extremely rewarding, and educational to say the least. Being a career counselor, I have the task of helping students discover their education and career path. The one thing that I have come to discover in the process of helping them is their ideas about career are usually fairly vague.

That in and of itself is not the issue.  Most experts agree that as many as half of all college freshman have not solidified their major and/or career choice, and 75% will end up changing their path as they work towards their degree. Uncertainty is a completely understandable and expected aspect of being a new college student.

However, over time, eventually students will start attempting to gain more clarity on their vision for the future and it is here where the problems arise. Generally the first mistake they make is simply choosing a major or career path too hastily, rather than doing the necessary self-exploration. They feel compelled to simply “choose one”, and unfortunately, it is this rush to decision that leads so many to change their majors two and three times before graduation. They simply didn’t understand what they were getting into.

If they are in fact, taking some valuable time to process their decisions, they still can falter and get off track. How? By simply asking themselves the wrong questions.

Because we tend to associate our work and our careers with time spent (roughly a third of our adult life), one of the first questions students tend to ask is “Will I like what I’m doing?”, or “Will I have an interest in it?”. While interest is absolutely a necessary ingredient to career satisfaction, the question that needs to be asked is “Will this career give me fulfillment?“. You can have interest in a lot of things but they may not fulfill you in a career unless you find the modality which allows you to combine both your interests and your values. Values are the key ingredient which most closely leads to fulfillment because they speak to your soul. They are characteristics of you that cannot be easily negotiated. Interests and values can conflict. If I have a value for autonomy and an interest in computers, I could end up feeling restricted because it may not give me the independence I need depending on the type of work and setting. So again, the deeper question is not what is just going to interest me, but what is going to fulfill me.

A second question students ask themselves often is “What do I want to do?”. The reason this question is often not going to provide as much substance to their career choices is that is focuses more on activities rather than purpose. You can give anyone tasks to complete and they will do it……for a period of time. Eventually, the question will arise of why does it matter? Knowing what to do, works in the short term, but knowing why will ultimately make it last, because the why determines the level of investment by giving the activities a purpose. The key question that students must get to is “Why do I want to do…?”

The third question that tends to come up a lot is “What do I want to get?”. Students are focused in on the perks of working: salary, vacations, retirement, advancement, independence, etc. The main reason why this is of less importance is simply because all of those things will change with time and location. How much money you think you should be earning will change as you advance. Technology will ultimately change how you work. Your level of advancement will change. You’re colleagues will change. Everything in the labor market is moving at a tremendous speed and constantly evolving, thus whatever monetary gain you get from it, is subject to the same. The deeper question you have to ask is not what I want to get, but “What do I want to give?“.

By asking yourself this vital question it ties into your fulfillment AND purpose on the deepest level of all. Giving is the ultimate sacrifice, and when we decide to give, we make the resolution that it is for a higher purpose than ourselves. What you choose to give the world is your way of making your unique mark which builds you up, plus it will provide you with more satisfaction than anything you could get, because you’ve fully committed to the purpose that fulfills you.

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Time for Positive Change!

Summer is a time for Reflection, Growth and Renewal

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 Take the time to reevaluate where you are and what you are doing.

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What are your interests, abilities and skills?

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Do those interests, abilities and skills match your current job?

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If not, is it time to make a change? What are your plans to reach your career goals?

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Trying to make a decision, but there are so many choices.

We are providing you with information about the top 5 career tests .  All of these resources will help –

  • Build awareness of the interests, abilities and skills.
  • Provide resources to explore careers. Learn about salaries, job duties, job outlook, training requirements, and more.
  • Research colleges to find our information about admission requirements, available programs, tuition, learning options (on-camous or online), payment options, scholarships, and more.

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MBTI®

  • Format: On-Line
  • Reading Level: Youth/ Adult/ Children
  • Subject Area: Personality Styles, Occupations

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My Career Profile

  • Format: On-Line
  • Reading Level: Youth/ Adult/ Children
  • Subject Area: Holland Codes, Interests, Abilities/Skills, Values
  • Databases: Occupations and Colleges/ Universities

 

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Self Directed Search

  • Format: Printed/On-Line
  • Reading Level: Youth/ Adult/ Children
  • Subject Area: Holland Codes, Interests, Occupations

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Strong Interest Inventory®

  • Format: On-Line
  • Reading Level: Youth/ Adult/ Children
  • Subject Area: Holland Codes, Interests, Occupations

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Career Decision Making Tool

  • Format: On-Line
  • Reading Level: High school student, college student, adult
  • Subject Area: Holland Codes, Interests, Occupations
  • Databases: Occupations and Colleges/ Universities
  • Best Buy:  Immediate access, customizable, comparable to more expensive inventories

 

We are here to help you at explorecareersandcollegemajors.com!

Time to look at new job opportunities!

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In life, there are so many decisions and options.  That, we struggle to decide if we are making the right choices.

We get input from professionals, family, friends and coworkers.  But, we are still no convinced that we have the right answers.

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We ask if we are we setting the right goals!

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Since we live busy lives, we are looking for tools are easy to use and inexpensive – saving time and money.

Looking for Immediate Answers

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 It would be great to get instant answers.  However, searching for the right job is a journey – a process.

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 Yet, tools make the journey easier.

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We have an easy-to-use program divides the process into three steps –

  • Knowing yourself
  • Learning about careers
  • Deciding the right training program

The tools provide you with all of the answers that you need to successfully decide on a job.

Once you purchase, you get immediate access to the program.

The program has all of the resources that you need to make the correct decisions.

The program is on-line making it available at any time.

For more information

Use Instagram & Facebook Accounts to Inspire & Motivate!

Career-social-media.com uses graphics to –

  • Unlock your purpose
  • Engage, connect, and network
  • Sharpen resume writing and interviewing skills

 

We have linked Facebook with Instagram to maximize your efforts to reach your potential.

See some of the latest images from the career-social-media.com instagram account.

 

Learn about careers, job search, resume writing, interviewing, social media, networking, and more!

Twitter – A Gold Mine for Job Seekers

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Twitter is an information network, an online social networking service, and a microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”.

How to create a Twitter account

Here are links to create Twitter account –

Twitter uses Hashtags.

According to Twitter, “the # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.”

Get detailed information about hashtags at https://support.twitter.com/articles/49309-using-hashtags-on-twitter#

Twitter – Job Advice

Other Twitter Accounts– Job Search

NACE created a Career Counselor’s Guide to Twitter in the job search.

Learn more about the different social media channels or networks.

Use Social Media to Focus Your Career Search

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Social Media promotes social networking, the process of using already existing contacts to meet new people as potential social or business links.

Social Media helps you –

  • Provide immediate feedback
  • Provide 24/7 access to needed information and resources
  • Engage and connect with clients, students, customers, family, and friends,
  • Create environments or Personal Learning Networks where you can collaborate
  • Express critical thinking, innovation, and creativity

What is the focus of social media tools?

According to Michael Wu, Ph.D., two major types of media tools: Social Networks and Online Communities.

  • Social Networks are built upon pre-established relationships. People maintain old relationships and add new relationships to expand the network.
  • Online Communities are a virtual community of members or people that use the Internet to interact, communicate, or pursue shared interests.

Examples of Social Media Tools

Here are the examples, highlights, descriptions, illustrations, and contact information of social media resources –

  • Resource One: Facebook
  • Resource Two: Google+
  • Resource Three: Twitter
  • Resource Four: Linkedin
  • Resource Five: Hootsuite
  • Resource Six: Graphics – Infographics & Pinterest
  • Resource Seven: Evernote – note taking and archiving software
  • Resource Eight: Slideshare – document, PDF, video and webinar
  • Resource Nine: Issuu – digital publishing platform
  • Resource Ten: Prezi – cloud-based presentation software
  • Resource Eleven: Scribd – web and mobile device online library
  • Resource Twelve: Wordle – word cloud generator software
  • Resource Thirteen: Blogs – Blogger and WordPress
  • Resource Fourteen: MOOC

Resource One: Facebook

Facebook has 70,000 users, 3 million daily page views and 90 million monthly page views.

Bloghubspot.com has an excellent tutorial and video on how to set up a Fan Page –

Jorgen Sunberg outlined Top 10 Facebook Fan Pages for Job Seekers – http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/top-10-facebook-fan-pages-job-seekers-and-career-minded-folk/

  1. Career Savvy
  2. com Job Searching
  3. Tim’s Strategy
  4. Expat Coach Megan
  5. Punk Rock HR
  6. Personal Branding Guy
  7. Keppie Careers
  8. Windmill Networking
  9. Wise Man Say
  10. The Undercover Recruiter

NACE created a Career Counselor’s Guide to Facebook in the job search.

Hollandcodes.com uses Facebook to display information about a variety of career development and social media topics.

Read more in Master Social Media 101

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