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Lost Your Career Marbles? Try These:

Several years ago I was questioning my career trajectory and, as any lost soul on the internet often does, decided to go on a digital journey to learn more about myself. I came across many self-help tools and strategies and decided to share my favourite ones below:

Myers Briggs Test

The tool: There are many options for this test packaged in various online quizzes. I did the 16 Personalities and Kisa tests to get my type and then used Personality Junkie to interpret my results.

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Ikigai

The tool: If you click here, you can download a .pptx version that you can fill out to save trees.

Image Credit: Bodetree, adapted from Francesc Miralles

Prototyping Life

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The tool: This one is all about imagining possible futures:

  • Start this exercise by imagining that you put your heart and soul into living the best possible you right now in this moment. Imagine you are fully satisfied with the career you have now and how that would play out many years from now if you gave it your all. Let’s say you are a nurse and you decided to advance this field with your dedicated efforts.
  • Now imagine a different you, maybe you have always wanted to be a rock climbing guide. You spend most of your free time climbing and getting new climbers involved in the sport that brings you joy. What if you gave this career all of your energy and effort. What would that look like for the next five to ten years?
  • We are not done yet. Do this again for a third version of you. Maybe you wanted to drop everything and homeschool your children. What does that look like ten years from now?

Now compare your thoughts. Which imagined self felt right?

10-Year Biography

The tool:

  • Step 1: Write a current biography
  • Step 2: Now write a biography that you would want to be true ten years from now.
  • Step 3: Compare them. You have ten years! What are your next steps to make your future a reality?
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On this career journey I discovered my true passions, what 10 years down a path might look like, and what I’d like to contribute to the world. I learned that I want to change the way information is communicated especially in government sectors. Now that I found my calling, it is much easier to say no to projects/opportunities that do not align with my career vision.

I hope some of these tools will help you clear a career path through a forest of possibilities.

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