Presenting a festive flavored extract from my upcoming book “The 10 Day Career Vision”
Day 1: Life Stages
On the first day of career change, you’re the nominee:
- What’s your current career satisfaction level?
- What is your current stage of career development?
- What person or persons have been influential in your career choices?
- What aspects of your family, culture, and past experiences have affected your career choices?
- When you look back through the years, do you notice any patterns to your career choices?
Day 2: What’s Your Decision-Making Style?
On the second day of career change, tell me candidly:
- What is your primary decision-making style?
- How has this affected your career choices?
Day 3: Identify Barriers and Core Concerns
On the third day of career change, you will soon foresee:
- What aspects of career transition are troubling/concerning for you?
- What are your negative thoughts that will inhibit a successful career transition?
Day 4: Guided Career Imagery
On the fourth day of career change, imagine what could be:
- What is your ideal career?
- How is your ideal day structured?
- What tasks do you perform?
What is your ideal lifestyle, and what is needed to achieve/maintain it?
- When thinking about your ideal work and lifestyle, what themes emerge?
- What is realistic in your current situation?
Day 5: Professional Chronology
On the fifth day of career change, you’ve got the master key:
- Do I have a list of all the roles (paid and unpaid) I’ve had throughout my career?
- What were my most significant accomplishments in each of those roles?
- Which accomplishments am I most proud of?
- What skills are associated with each of my accomplishments?
Day 6: Identifying your Interests and Skills
On the sixth day of career change, entrust and clarify:
- What are my unique interests and passions?
- What are my best skills?
- What is my Strong Interest Inventory® (SII®) Code?
Day 7: Identifying your Values
On the seventh day of career change, yourself, you will agree:
- What are my most important intrinsic, extrinsic, and lifestyle values?
- What is my one core quality/facet which best defines me?
- How important is education/professional development to me and my future career?
- Which values am I willing to compromise, if needed? How did I come to that decision?
Day 8: Personality
On the eighth day of career change, recognize instantly:
- What are the 4 dichotomies of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI)?
- What are your MBTI® preferences?
- Based on the MBTI®, what are your strengths and areas for development?
- How has the MBTI® helped in clarifying your career path?
Day 9: Research
On the ninth day of career change, there’s light between the trees:
- Generate a list of organizations to target your job search
- Note commonalities in organizational culture
- Determine your target audience
Day 10: Vision Statement
On the tenth day of career change, you’ve got it, finally!
- Articulate your core ideology
- Provide a vivid description of your envisioned future
- Write your mission and vision statements