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How long has it been since you asked
yourself what you want to be when you
If you haven't considered the idea
since high school, then you may have
settled into a job that is not fulfilling
your professional aspirations, or your
Each of us has particular talents that,
when expressed or exercised, make the
world a better place. Most likely you
enjoy doing these things, and you find
that people respond well to you when
you do them. Perhaps they're things
you gravitate towards during out-of-
hours activities, and that people respect
When you develop these talents as
far as you can, you can make your
greatest possible contribution to the
world, and enjoy personal and profes-
sional satisfaction that goes along with
Your career direction journey
The process of uncovering what you
are meant to do, that is finding career
direction, is a journey. It starts with
discovering the essential "you": the
person who truly resides behind the
facades, defenses, and stresses of every-
Once unmasked, your journey con-
tinues with specific career exploration
and identification of a career that allows
you to make good use of your talents.
And it moves on with a focused job or
career move, in which you identify the
jobs you want and put yourself in the
best possible position to get them. In
fact, this journey never really ends
because work itself is all about change,
growth, development, and reinvention.
By taking a talent-based approach
to your career search right from the
start, you keep yourself heading toward
the right career even when the actual
direction shifts over time. This approach
consists of sequentially answering three
• How do I get hired?
1. Discovering Who You Really Are
The first question to answer is: who
Exploring Your Talents
First of all, consider your answers to
the following questions:
• When have you been most com-
mitted, passionate and enthusiastic?
• When have you been most cre-
• When have you been most sure of
yourself and your decisions?
• What do you consider to be your
• When have other people considered
you to be most successful?
• When have you enjoyed your work
• What talents were you relying on,
and using, in these situations?
• For what would you take a very
• What about the world puzzles or
disturbs you that you could make an
• What jobs do you like to do at work
when you have a choice?
• What activities are you drawn
towards out of work?
• If money were no concern, what
would you be doing?
Brainstorm each of these questions,
and then use your answers to identify
the top 3 talents that you most use
when you're successful. Rank these in
Next, we'll look at using personality
inventories as a way of looking at your
preferred way of working relative to
There are many typologies available
including Myers-Briggs, DISC (dom-
inance, influence, steadiness and con-
With personality testing you learn
what you have in common with other
people. You also discover potential
points of friction with people of other
personality types. While no personality
type is good or bad, it does help you
discover what motivates and energises
you. This in turn empowers you to seek
those elements in the work you choose
to do, and avoid the things that frustrate
and demotivate you.
As you explore your personality you
come to realise that who you are is
really determined by the choices you
make. You choose to react one way
over another, or to prefer one thing to
another. You can take this self-aware-
ness one step further by examining
why you make the choices you do. In
psychological terms, what is your payoff
for making the choices you make?
When you know the "why" it is eas-
ier to see how you can become fulfilled
through the work you do.
Write a "Who I Am"
Now draw this together into a simple
written statement of who you are. This
is an important step toward self-dis-
covery and defining your purpose. Use
it to answer the following questions:
• What your talents and strengths
• The talents you achieve most with.
• The activities you get most satis-
• The type of activity the psycho-
metrics you've completed guide you
Focus instead on more difficult areas
where you made a positive difference,
and where others didn't.
Continued on Page B3
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