Here are a number of different exercises that might prove useful when considering a change in your career. These are worth sharing with your career coach so that he or she will be able to work them through with you.
1. One great way to kick-start the process is with a Love and Loathe List
What do you love and loathe in their current role. This will help you identify what you may want to focus on or avoid in any new career or role.
2.Identify your Top 10 Values
When we choose a career that is incongruent with our values, this tends to make us unhappy. So look beyond what sounds exciting, pleases others or gives you status. Use these values to help find what roles and careers that will make you more satisfied. Score each potential career or role out of 10 for how well it meets each of your top 10 values.
3. MUST and Must NOT haves
Get a piece of paper and list career or role “MUST haves” on one side and &ldqou;Must NOT haves” on the other. Any career or role can be compared to this list. “Must haves & rdqou; are your minimum requirements for a role or career and “Must NOT haves” suggest role or career unsuitability.
4. Personal SWOT Tool
Identify your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. A Personal SWOT helps you think about careers in terms of their strengths—and identify potentially “transferable” strengths. Any weaknesses might point to roles and careers to avoid, but don’t use this to get off the hook: Weaknesses can be minimized or removed (e.g., through training or delegation). This exercise also takes a bigger picture look identifying potential opportunities and threats, which can be extremely informative.
5. “Past Self” Inquiries
This is great for journaling – “What did you love to do as a child?” then “What about that did you love?” or “As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?” then “What about that still appeals to you, and what doesn’t?” Then review and look for patterns, themes and clues for potential careers in the present.
6. Don’t Stop at Strengths; Identify their Talents!
“Any recurring pattern of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied.’ – Marcus Brooks
Therefore being charming, persistent, stubborn or even being nervous can be a talent (e.g., your worrying identifies problems). Then ask, “In what industry, job role or career could this talent be considered helpful?”
7. Trying new things, activities, courses or even take up an old hobby
Do different things to make you feel stimulated; meet new people, create new neural pathways and opening your minds.