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Rather be in bed than at work this year? You may have the syndrome!

Your morning alarm sounds off and you let out a huge sigh, wishing you could rather stay in bed! As grateful as you are that you have a job, it feels like your head is reluctantly, yet responsibly, dragging your body to work every-single-day. You get to work, give your to-do-list a single glance and decide that coffee is of greater priority.  And continues to be of greater priority at every slight chance throughout the day… and throughout the week… and, well, throughout the year.

 

Sound familiar?

 

This is a pretty common scenario for many! Most people feel a career ‘block’ or unhappiness in their job at some point. While in some cases, this may be related to an uninspiring boss or demotivating company culture, in a large number of cases that dreadful feeling in the pit of the tummy is caused by a career ‘mismatch’!

 

Simply defined as choosing a career or job role that does not in fact match your profile!

 

Take time to ask yourself -“why did you choose the career or job role that you’re in?”

Think about it for a second…or two.

 

If you’re lost for words, or simply answered-“I didn’t, it found me”; “because it was the only thing available; “I needed a job”; “it seemed nice”; or any other generic response, other than “because it’s what I’m passionate about!” , you may be a victim of the mismatch syndrome.

 

The mismatch syndrome is a frustrating condition of being in a career or role that conflicts with your strengths, personality preferences and interests. Yes, while not everyone gets to have the perfect package of tailor made careers and job roles to match their every characteristic, understanding key factors that may serve as a significant challenge to you can change your game!

 

If your strength is ‘people orientation’ but you’re spending 8 hours a day behind a desk of a demarcated booth predominantly crunching the numbers, you’re likely to start feeling isolated, lonely and uninspired.  Or, perhaps you’re the target driven go-getter that enjoys a challenge or two, but finding yourself in a role that keeps you occupied with mundane admin and routine tasks. Knowing the mismatch can help you to turn your career around and give you the motivation to reach greater heights!

 

And let’s be honest, it’s easy to find fault in any external reason as to why we’re unhappy in our job right? (Well, unless you do have a monstrous boss or a monstrosity of a workload!), and so we tend to focus our unhappiness in the workplace on just about every reason that is readily available (everything but ourselves!). Perhaps it’s time to reflect to see whether the actual reason is that your career is in conflict with a key strength or characteristic that is dominant in your personality.

 

How do you go about deciding what strengths and characteristics could play a significant role in your career satisfaction? Some are able to reflect and consult people around them to help them decide. But, as a Psychometric Assessment Specialist, I believe the outcome of taking an assessment to unravel yourself is a treasure to be discovered! Psychometric assessments are reliable, accurate and insightful tools to provide you with the deeper self-reflection that may not easily come as a realization, and simply helps you to fit the puzzle pieces together to see the best version of yourself and align your goals accordingly!

All you need to know before you embrace a new career!

Embracing a career involves embarking on a journey where one is never static. Careers are ever-changing and evolving as the global world becomes more advanced, and requires continuous learning and development in each phase of the career life cycle. While it may seem like a daunting experience, it is rather liberating, as it provides you with a professional identity and may pave your pathway to success! 

 

The key to choosing a career that is best suited to you is in how well aligned it is to the combination of your abilities, interests, experience and available opportunities, which all serve as important motivators.

 

Once you have identified your possible career choice/s, the next step would be gaining as much knowledge about these fields as possible.

 

Some important information to obtain:

  • Research on field: gain insight as to what the field as a whole entails, particularly looking at what it offers and how it fits into society.
  • Research on career options within a field: list and explore various career options within matched fields; identify the ones that would be most appealing to you; determine types of opportunities available in these career markets.
  • Research on academic requirements: attend open days, gain insight from academic institutions on courses offered in your matched field; find out what the minimum requirements for the course are (AP scores; entrance exams; required subjects); understand course structure and time-line; chat to current students regarding content and complexity of the course.
  • Research on transition to workplace: gain insight into entry level positions, find out what the minimum requirements are for an entry level job (academic results, internships, minimum level of qualification- e.g. undergraduate, postgraduate etc.), list the type of organizations you will be able to apply to.
  • Research on applying for jobs: find out when and where graduate recruitment programs will be held, identify job portals that you may register your CV with, identify relevant recruitment agencies aligned to your career field that you may contact.

There is an abundance of information that may be useful- ensure to take it one step at a time so you’re not overwhelmed.

 

Using all the information you have gathered, create a long term plan to work towards. Remember that there may be challenges along the way, which could require re-alignment of your plan, so be resilient, and confident that this is just part of the career journey- use these as a learning curve and continue to strive towards the ultimate goal.

 

Ensure to always keep your eye open for any opportunities for growth and continuously enhance your knowledge and develop your profile to increase your ’employability’!

 

Wishing you an insightful experience as you embark your journey to success!

Schools out! Ready for the big world?

You’re now a senior at High school and the Great Big World is calling your name!

It’s time to start making some really big decisions –Yikes!  Butterflies? Don’t despair- those fluttering friends are nothing more than the excitement of the endless possibilities for your future!  Well….that coupled with the anxiety you feel when everyone around you never- fails- to- dart- that- single- most- pressing- question, (that pretty much sums the rest of your professional life into a single course title), “So what are you going to study after school?”.

Well you’ll be happy to know- you’re not alone! You’re one of the millions of seniors across the world that faces this big decision as high school comes to a close!

Deciding on what to study and which career field to choose can seem daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. The secret to success?  Make Informed decisions.

Yes , it may have been your childhood dream to be a ‘Doctor’; or your parents’ dream for you to be an ‘Engineer’; or perhaps your successful sibling was your inspiration to follow suit as a ‘Writer’,  but is this choice one that YOU are likely to be successful in? Does it align to your strengths? Is it something you will be passionate about?

The key to choosing a career that you’re likely to be most passionate about is in knowing yourself and your capabilities. Take time to look through the lens of your past accomplishments and experiences to understand what your strengths and interests are; and then look through the lens of the possible future to decide what your vision for your life might be.

Here are a few things to consider when looking through the lens:

  1. Strengths– Reflect on your academic and social accomplishments. What are you really good at? Which subjects have you achieved best at? What activities have you been most successful in?

 

  1. Interests– What do you enjoy doing the most? What activities, hobbies or tasks give you the greatest satisfaction?

 

  1. Vision– Where would you like to see yourself in the future? What kinds of roles would you like to see yourself in for the future e.g. taking care of others, developing a product, running a business, working for a large corporate etc.

 

  1. Market– What types of job roles/fields are available on the market, or in demand in your region? Which of these best suits who you are? What are your educational options in these fields? What possibilities of ’employability’ are there in the role?

 

Brainstorm these ideas to help you decide on the Qualification or Career choice that best matches your profile. Take time to talk to teachers, family members and people already working in the field to help you put the information together, and support you through the decision making process.

If you’re still feeling overwhelmed and in need of some expert advice, contacting a career expert or taking a career assessment is a great way to be sure that you’re making the most informed decision!