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Career Assessment

Career assessment is an important step in the career planning process. Let these 3 important questions guide you to your desired career path...

 
ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH YOUR JOB?

How do you know if you have the right job or a career that fits you? A telling sign is that you are happily challenged with the duties given to you. You not only accept but look forward to the new challenging responsibilities. The work hours seem to pass rather quickly and you don't mind staying after hours to finish what you started.

Or do you have it the other way around - that you seem to be always finding yourself bored, counting the hours before you go home and that you can't seem to put enthusiasm in the duties you do? If so, you might be suffering from an acute case of job dissatisfaction. Treat this like you would if you had a cold, fever, or other illness, where if left alone, your situation may worsen. It is never too late to take action and avoid the symptoms of being dissatisfied with work.

 
ARE YOU STUCK IN A PROFESSION YOU DO NOT BELONG TO?

Are you employed yet educationally misplaced? Most importantly -- is your job in the field of your interest? These are a couple of questions you may want to consider asking yourselves too.

Educationally Misplaced means graduating in a certain field yet working on a job way out of your training or course, i.e., you have attained a nursing degree, yet found yourself working as a sales lady. You underwent training and studying for years, yet find yourself not using any of this knowledge because the job you found did not require it. This can make you feel you are in a certain profession you do not belong to, being in a job that has nothing or little to do with your attitudes, skills or desires.

However, with respect to interests, even if you are educationally misplaced yet happy on the job, that is fine, because it all comes down to interest anyway. Yet when you feel yourself "stuck" in a profession, dissatisfaction starts. Be wise. The wheel of your career is in your hands, steer it to what profession you really want.

 
DO YOU FEEL YOUR CAREER IS ON A STAND STILL?

To some people, at an early point of their career, when they are desperate in getting a job, they jump on the first job offer they ever receive to earn the needed money, however far it is from their interest. But later on, they find themselves going nowhere, still in the same position for the last 5-10 years. For people who can relate to this, you must take action. The accelerator is on your feet. Get yourself to move on.

 

Satisfaction, Belongingness, Progress -- they are all linked together. Three (3) major aspects that one must consider when assessing one's career.



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