Have you reached a time in your life where you need to redefine your career path? Perhaps you’ve taken some time off to be a mum and need a new direction or perhaps, you’ve found that one thing you love to do and finally feel ready to take the leap? These are questions that might be popping up and sometimes we need a push in the right direction to get us to realise the answers.
Your career path begins with identifying your superpowers. We all have superpowers. A superpower is a thing that you can do better as compared to others and has you standing out in the crowd. It is your competitive advantage and power when times get hard. Your superpowers can help you evolve your career.
Your career is fundamentally creating the startup for you, discovering ways to shine in the work environment to grow and succeed. The faster you can recognise your superpowers, the quicker you can improve and progress those skills and move forward to perform against your potential. Here is how to explore and work out your career path.
Identifying your superpowers is very important for your career. Here are some tips that may help you discover your special qualities.
Consider the skills that you use in your current work, the expertise outside the work, and the talent that you have used in the past. Add everything to the list that you can perform well such as writing, listening, persuading, problem-solving, connecting people, or anything that you seem to do effortlessly and often outshine others.
Highlight the skills you feel passionate about. Find ones that make you feel so excited that you can easily write a book or blog about them. These are the skills complemented with empowering emotions that have you jumping out of bed to make a difference. Also, point out the ones that make you feel enriched and fulfilled when you do them.
If you don’t give more than an hour to a particular skill, this is probably not your superpower. You need to look for those actions that you perform regularly. Many people push themselves to do the task that they actually don’t want to do. They may do this because they are good at it or simply because it is the one channel for them to earn a living. If there is something that you do by forcing yourself, remove it from the list.
To use your superpower to develop your career, you need to find the one you are best at. If you like writing but struggle with sharing your thoughts, it may not be your superpower yet. The skill you have pointed out and is not crossed out in a list is your superpower that you can leverage to generate meaningful work.
Once you know your superpower, you can identify how to find your career passion. A career plan is an approach that you develop to manage your knowledge, learning, and development throughout your work life. It consists of four stages and its purpose is to assist you to visualize the actions you require to accomplish your career goals.
A career plan consists of the following four stages:
It is important to plan your career path for various reasons. Having a career plan lowers the chances of making impulsive decisions. It sets a clear direction in planning your career path, it can infuse ideas when exploring new opportunities and it can expand your mindset to develop new superpowers when you are ready.
A career path consists of positions you hold or jobs you perform as you grow in your field. It is a long-term plan involving certain jobs leading to the desired occupation. A career path goes alongside a career plan which is generally a set of short-term and long-term goals that you try to achieve along your career path. If you are still confused about how to find your career passion or career path, here are some examples of career paths to help you in making the decision.
Social media specialist ↗ content marketing associate ↗ marketing lead ↗ head of marketing ↗ chief marketing officer
Teacher ↗curriculum coordinator ↗assistant principal ↗ principal
Dishwasher ↗ cook ↗ sous chef ↗ chef de cuisine ↗ executive chef
Sales associate ↗ cashier ↗ assistant manager ↗ store manager ↗ regional manager
HR assistant ↗ HR specialist ↗ assistant director of HR ↗director of HR
To have the best career, you need to recognise and follow the path that makes sense for you.
You may find yourself earning through what you don’t feel passionate about and controlling your superpower through your hobbies. Inherently, it is not wrong and you can go for it if you feel right spending your time that way. However, if you are not feeling purposeful with your day-to-day activity, you may need to find out your passion and do something about it. The best superpower is about being true to yourself.
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