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To Get Ahead – Choose the Right Profession

It may seem obvious, but many times obvious things get ignored … like determining the best profession for yourself and getting on a self-development track that will allow you to be a high achiever in that profession. The gecko logo reminds us that we all have the power to ditch our current occupation and “grow” a new/better one.

Are you unhappy in your current job? Do you find the work you do every day demotivating or uninteresting? If so, I’m here to tell you what no one in your life may have told you before: It is highly likely you are in the wrong profession … or in the wrong niche within your profession. Recent studies have found that 65% of GenY’s and 55% of Boomers are not happy in their jobs. Much of this can be traced to occupational miss-matches.

A recent client in their 30′s is a good example. She was unhappy in her current job and during our early discussions she shared with me that “I’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up and I’m not happy doing what I have been doing the last 12 years.” It has been my experience that most people making this type of statement are not good matches for their current professions.

Properly selected online self-assessments can help you understand yourself better and increase your career clarity. I have taken dozens of assessments that appeared to be worthwhile, analyzed them, and settled on a short list of three I utilize with most of my clients. Here they are:

MAPP (www.assessment.com) - Motivational Assessment of Personal Potential, Career Seeker package – This measures your career-related motivations and then compares your motivations to the motivational patterns of the general population and 900 standardized job types.

CISSĀ® (https://www.profiler.com/cgi-bin/ciss/moreform.pl?client=ncs&referrer=&page=index) – Campbell Interest and Skill Survey – This measures your career-related interests and your estimate of associated skill levels, then it reports your interest/skill pairs relative to a wide range of professions and career areas. Near-term options for pursuit are identified as “Pursue.”

DiSC(http://www.onlinedisc.com/onlinediscprofiles.htm) - DiSC Behavioral Assessment, EC2 version – This measures your natural behavior style and then explains the typical behavior characteristics of people that have your measured style.

I cover this topic in detail in Chapter 3 of my book and you can get more information regarding taking these assessments and reviewing their results by following this link to a Success Exercise from the book – Fast Track Your Job Search (and Career!)

You can take control of your career direction and pursue a more enjoyable and rewarding profession. You can take back the power to guide your career and reap the rewards for years to come. Don’t wait. Take action today!

Richard Kirby
Believing that most people are underutilized and unfulfilled, for the last 10 years Richard Kirby has been an executive career consultant providing private consultations that advance client careers and gain them income/advancement/etc. As a former rock drummer and career adventurer, he chose to proactively change careers from engineering to HR to marketing to sales in companies that ranged from VC funded startups to a Fortune100. He speaks regularly on career topics to university alumni and other career seekers. He is a Certified Management Consultant and a Board Certified Career Coach. His career book site is www.fasttrackyourjobsearch.com and his career services site is www.executive-impact.com.
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