It’s happened to many of us – the worry of choosing a career may be an episode of panic, sick-to-my-stomach feeling that can overtake us when it’s time to change careers. So here’s where we come in. We are specialists in helping people find their career identity. That means finding a career that fits “you,” where you feel comfortable, natural and able to use your strengths.
To get started, the first step is to uncover your strengths and interests. Begin by getting clear about activities that give you energy. Pay attention to your feelings while you are doing activities that trigger your passion. Make a list in the next week to identify very specific activities you do when you feel excited, for example when you: brainstorm with a colleague about how to overcome a technical problem or contact customers to introduce a new product. Then look for patterns: do you prefer working with data, people, things or ideas. Think about strengths you are using during these activities you would like to use more in your work. Next, ask a friend or family member: “in your opinion, what type of problems or situations so I seem good at helping people solve?” Finally from these exercises, after you have gathered ideas and information, take a close look, dig deeper and list major strengths, interests and activities that absolutely must be included in your new career identity.