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So many clients come to me knowing that they are not happy
but not knowing where to go next.
The DREAM process that I designed to help my clients create
a career they love enables them to get the clarity that they need in order to
move forward. This clarity occurs at the
end of the “R” of DREAM (Refine) and the rest of the process moves them towards
that end goal.
If you want to create a career you love, this Refine phase
is important for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, if you want to make a significant change to your
current career, then exploring only one other career possibility is narrowing
the field somewhat and potentially missing career possibilities that could be
truly fulfilling. Secondly, if you have lots
of different career possibilities that are of interest then it can be
overwhelming not knowing which one to go for.
If you are in either of these situations, then my challenge
In this week’s email, I’m going to explore scenario 2:
honing your options until you are in a position to make a decision.
Phase One: Research
Before the Refining stage, I do not advise rejecting any
ideas from the list. There are plenty of
reasons you might dismiss a career off the bat, some of which I explored in a
but I encourage you not to discard any before you’ve done some further research.
First of all, what do you need to know about that career possibility
in order make a decision. This could be
practical things like: How much does it pay? Can I do it from home? What
training and qualifications do I need? What
does a normal day look like?
Then think about who can help you answer these questions and
find out more. Look at your own network
first but also reach out to professional bodies and thought leaders in the
field you’re interested in. Start conversations
about what it’s like to work in that field and what it would take to steer your
own career towards it.
Phase Two: Compare
By now, you may have eliminated some of the possibilities
but perhaps you need some further help whittling down the remaining
possibilities. It is at this point you
should start to compare the options. I
recommend giving a mark out of 10 to each of the following criteria:
A quick client story here to show how valuable this is.
I was working with a teacher who had always wanted to work
in a PR agency since she was a teenager. However, she’d followed her parents into the teaching profession. After several years in her successful
teaching career, she was still hankering after this dream job.
During the summer holidays from school she decided to do
some work experience in a PR agency via a network introduction. She HATED it! She learned enough to know that this was not the path for her.
I won’t tell you the end of the story now but I hope that
illustrates what a valuable phase this one can be, particularly for anyone that
is risk averse.
As I mentioned at the beginning, after the “Discover” and
“Refine” phases of our DREAM process, what most clients find is clarity on what
they need to do to tweak or pivot their career right now. The rest of the DREAM process is about moving
Store your future possibilities*
One final point. If
you have any rejects on the cutting room floor from Phase Two which were
rejected because of money or training requirements, please sweep them into a
storage jar. From time to time you may
want to unscrew the jar and take a look at these possibilities. These may be your career possibilities of the
As you can see, getting Career Clarity is not an overnight
process, nor is it a “final destination”. Look at your career as a work in progress, a winding path that may take
you to unexpected destinations. As long
as you are regularly checking in with your strengths, values and your career
drivers and aligning your career to them then you can expect to enjoy the journey!
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