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I hope you're enjoying our journey along the DREAM pathway to
creating a career you love. If you've missed the first two steps, you can
access the previous blogs here. The next step,
which we'll be exploring today, is “A” which stands for "Articulate".
This stage is all about getting clarity on which of your career possibilities
you're going to pursue as well as when and how you're going to do it. This step
involves three key stages.
1. Get clear on your career
Once you've researched and explored all of your career
possibilities, it's important to get clear on which possibilities you want to
pursue in earnest. You need a compelling vision to move towards and this can be
done by setting short-, medium- and long-term career goals. Here is a simple
exercise that will help you to do this.
On a scale of 1 - 10 (1 is I HATE my career and want to stay under
the duvet most days; 10 is I LOVE my career and bounce out of bed every
morning), where are you right now with your career happiness. Realistically,
what number would you like to get to in the next 12 months? What does this look
and feel like?
So, for me, I'm currently at a 7 (you know that I'm on the pathway
with you!). In the next 12 months I can get to an 8. An 8 would mean having the
resources to outsource more admin and marketing tasks in my business. This
would give me more flexibility to focus on the areas of coaching that I enjoy
most. I will be doing more online group coaching and teaching which greatly
energises me. This vision has me living and working more in line with my core
values of fairness and independence.
How about you?
2. Set your career goals
Now you know what your next 12 months looks like, I would
encourage you to also set a medium term and longer-term goal. This will
probably be your personal pathway to a career happiness score of 9 or 10 in the
future. Realistically, when do you want to get to a 10 and what does that look
My 10/10 will be me having more work / life harmony where I have
more time for outdoor activities, study and creative endeavours. What will
yours look like?
To set really clear goals, I advocate the Michael Hyatt acronym of
SMARTER. Are your goals:
Specific / Measurable
/ Achievable / Risky / Timebound
/ Exciting / Relevant?
3. Be prepared
good Brownies (in the UK these are mini-girl-scouts and "be prepared"
is their motto), we must be prepared to kickstart out career goals. Whatever
pathway you have chosen, it is likely you'll need some "marketing"
documents to help you sell yourself into that career.
If you are
staying in employment, this could mean preparing at least one version of your
winning CV. If you are going freelance, this could mean creating a one-page bio
and possibly a website. If you are setting up your own business, a website will
almost certainly be needed. For all of these options, your LinkedIn profile is
going to be important too. Does it reflect your desired future career?
of these pathways you choose, if you've worked thoroughly at the Discovery
stage of the DREAM pathway then you will have all the self-knowledge, insight
and wording to bring these "marketing" materials to life.
some ideas for action in this blog. Do you have the clarity to set your career
goals (at least for the next 12 months)? Which of your marketing materials
needs some work? Perhaps your CV is need of a spruce up (if so, you can watch
my YouTube training here)?
week's blog, we'll be talking about the all-important "M" in the
DREAM pathway - Make it happen!
if you have any questions or would like to share any of your action steps,
please do get in touch.
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