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Discover the Right Career for You in 6 Simple Steps

(This blog post was written exclusively for Al Arabiya English, the world’s most visited Arab news website.)

A huge 65% of my clients reach out to me because they feel stuck in a job or career they no longer enjoy. One common factor that often keeps them feeling stuck is not knowing what to do instead. If you are currently stuck in a job or career you don’t like, but struggling to figure out what else you could be good at or enjoy, here are some steps to help get you started.

Step 1 – Your Motivators

To stay fulfilled in a job or career, it is essential we feel motivated on a daily basis. To figure out what motivates us, we must first gain an understanding of our values. Our values are what drive us. Our motivators if you will. If we’re not experiencing these on a regular basis within our current roles, we will find it hard to get out of bed in the morning. A few examples of values could be:

Trust       Integrity     Friendship     Respect     Leadership     Change      Innovation     Design      Process     Structure   Creativity     Fun    Autonomy/Freedom     Teamwork      Working Environment     Helping People     Ethics   Technology     Inspiration     Achievement     Success    Recognition      Intelligence      Education     Charity     Nature   Environment     Personal Development      Financial Security

This is just a small list of examples to help get those cogs turning. Think about your own personal values and write down a list of 10 – 20. Then out of that list pick a top 7. This is your list of key motivators and the start of your list of criteria for your next role. Make sure when you think about your career, you choose a role that will allow you to experience most, if not all, of these top values on a regular basis.

Step 2 – Your Skills

Go through your career history on your CV as well as your life experiences and think about all of the skills you have picked up along the way. Look at technical, practical or manual skills, as well as interpersonal and behavioural skills (including leadership, sales, negotiation, conflict management, problem-solving, public-speaking etc.). Think about your skills around formulating a vision, strategies, ideas and creating change, and those around data, such as the analysis, presentation, evaluation or interpretation of data. Build a list of everything you can think of from both your career and personal experiences.

Step 3 – Ability and Enjoyment

Looking at your skills list, assess which ones are you good at and enjoy. Give each one a mark out of 10 for ability and enjoyment. Ideally you want to choose a career that encompasses skills you are both good at and enjoy (e.g. a 7 and a 7 or above). As you’re doing this, ask yourself which ones would you like to do more of in your job compared to what you are doing now. If there are any that you really enjoy but not necessarily good at, make a note that these could be added to your personal development plan.

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About the Author

Zeta Yarwood is recognised as a leading Career Coach and NLP Life Coach in Dubai, helping individuals across the world to achieve success in all areas of their lives. With a degree in Psychology and over 10 years’ experience in coaching, management and recruitment – working for multinational companies and award-winning recruitment firms – Zeta is an expert in unlocking human potential. Passionate about helping people discover their strengths, talents and motivation, Zeta lives to inspire others to dream big and create the life and career they really want.

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