In order to make a wise choice you need to know yourself; your likes, dislikes, strengths, talents, multiple intelligences, limitations, interests, leisure preferences, needs, values, how you relate with others.Â Â These are what makes you unique so check out how you express yourself.
Be a fire starter
Let’s work on the premise that any career can be put simply as the knowledge and skills necessary to perform, deliver and hopefully advance in that career. So to be knowledgeable you have to learn.Â For starter’s that usually means taking a course to gain a qualification.Â You learn subjects/stuff on the way to qualifying and then you need to learn constantly as you progress , just to keep up to date.Â Curiosity isn’t the same thing as a thirst for knowledge.Â Pick and build on what you’re really, deeply interested in, what get’s you animated, fired up and enthusiastic for – it’s that thirst which is the key to your flame.Â Know your learning preferences, ignite your own flame and seek out ways of satisfying that thirst.
In what way are you smart (not how smart are you)
In today’s world the job for life has all but vanished, as indeed have some jobs.Â Workers exchange their services, that is their knowledge & skills for hard cash.Â Many of these skills are generic and transferrable to different work situations.Â New opportunities emerge or are created.Â That bank of skills you have were perfected by building on a preference for thinking & doing in certain ways.Â If you prefer to think and act/express yourself in terms of controlled or precise bodily movements then you prefer using your Kinaesthetic intelligence to develop specific physical skills for sport, work, crafts, etc.Â Likewise a preference for seeing, interpreting and thinking about the world through words by reading & writing develops and hones skills associated with Linguistic Intelligence – do a search on Multiple Intelligences or take the MIDAS questionnaire to gain an insight on your MI profile.Â The important point here is to have a clear model of your strengths, aptitudes, your multiple intelligences so you can develop and acquire skills which you enjoy using.Â We’re all differently intelligent, it’s just a matter of figuring out how you are intelligent and the ways you can utilise your unique intelligences in a meaningful, purposeful and rewarding way.
The Real People (an Aboriginal tribe) honour the fact that
“Human Beingness is an Experience of Expression, Creativity and Adventure.”
(cf Marlo Morgan, 1995)
You express yourself in everything you do – How do you prefer to express yourself?Â In what ways are you creative, and how do you build on your strengths – you don’t need to be artistic to be creative , perhaps you’ve created your own career out of an opportunity which you excelled at?
Sometimes you just have to go for it – life is an adventure and perhaps far more chaotic or unpredictable than we’d prefer.Â Putting your resources into insuring yourself against all risks kinda misses one of the beauties of being human, which is just experiencing life and rising to whatever challenges you meet along the way.Â Make the best decision you can at any given time and then trust in yourself to adapt to, manage & overcome whatever difficulties or obstacles you will meet along the way.Â Hopefully you enjoy your venture, learn a little more about yourself and prosper in the process.
All this takes time, and sometimes a little help. ( University and Career Planning takes time. )Â You need to stop, think and take the time to get to know your true self.Â You also need information in order to choose.Â By understanding your preferences, informing yourself on the choice you’re making and building on your strengths you’re more likely to find happiness in what you do.Â Why choose something you’d be interested & good at – you’ll work harder, be more motivated, probably get more opportunities or promotion, maybe even more money.Â You’re more likely to find success from a strengths based action plan.Â Self knowledge & Self Management is crucial to success in reaching and attaining your goal.
So choose according to how you express yourself and love your work.