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Now, back to the Career Fairy. Have you seen her? No? Well, the
truth is she doesn't exist. However, quite a few clients come to me thinking
that I do have a magic wand and fairy dust (metaphorically speaking).
What do I mean by that you might ask? Well, some might think that
all they need to do is a Strengths assessment and maybe have a look at their
Values and some other stuff and then I will wave my magic wand and say
"You should be a ........[fill in the blank]!". If only it were that
easy. But it's not, for two main reasons.
You have to do the work
The first thing that I always tell clients is that you need to do the work. I have a process and coaching techniques which will
facilitate your exploration but I can't do the work for you. Human beings are
so complex and multi-faceted that it would be impossible to pour in all the
ingredients that make you who you are, stir them up and produce a nice, neat
career cake for you.
Who and what you are, your values, your beliefs, your barriers,
your strengths, your opinions, your motivators, your dreams, your desires, your
fears: these are all unique to you and can be applied in a multitude of
different ways. This business of creating a career you love involves looking at
all of these things, digging deep, experimenting, being honest and being a work
You are a work in progress
And so to my second point. Creating a career you love is not a
destination. It's a work in progress (really trying to avoid the word journey
A simple but effective coaching tool that many coaches use is a
scale of 1 to 10. On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you with your career
Personally, I'm about a 7 at the moment. There are things that I'm
striving for, things that I don't enjoy right now. But the important question
is not "what does a 10 look like?" but "what does an 8 look
like?" and "what do you need to do to get to an 8?" (mostly
outsourcing certain tasks for me!). And because I enjoy learning and growth, my
10 will be a constantly evolving target.
What to do now
Start with this simple coaching exercise and answer the following
Feel free to share your action with me if you'd like to. I love to
hear how people are moving towards great fulfilment in their work.
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