So often clients say to me “how do I work out what I want to do?” “Will I just stumble across it one day?” If you are lucky, yes! But for most of us, coming up with a career plan is not something that happens naturally. We become influenced by external factors such as people around us, parents, friends or siblings and what they do for a career. We talk to career counsellors at school. We listen to our teachers when they tell us we are really good at a particular subject. Or, we just happen to fall into a job, and five years later find that we are still doing it, but we are not really sure why.
Values are already inside all of us. They are expressed in many different aspects of your life and describe how we want to behave on an ongoing basis. Clarifying values is an essential step in developing a greater awareness of what you actually want and need from your career, in addition to understanding your strengths and interests.
So, if you are lacking direction in your career or unhappy in your current role, engage a coach and invest in yourself. There are many different tools and techniques that coaching can offer to help you understand what really matters to you. No one will come knocking at your door offering you your dream job, you need to go out there and find it! Only you can take charge of your career, and only you can choose to wake up on Monday morning with a smile on your face.