Michele is kicking off our month long Career Clarity Camp with some personal reflection time and we've been asked to consider all or some of the following:
- What questions are you asking yourself right now? What's the stuff that wakes you up at night or intrudes during the day?
- Where do you feel clear?
- Where do you feel muddy or confused?
- How do you currently see yourself at work?
- How do you spend your days?
- What do you want more of at work?
- What do you want less of at work?
- Who are your colleagues? How do you feel about them? Are there people who are particularly inspiring? Particularly challenging?
- How does your career seem to fit with the rest of your life? How does it not fit?
- What are your overall feelings about your career?
- How long have you been having these feelings?
- What steps have you already taken to find some career clarity?
- What steps are you considering right now?
A year ago I resigned from a well paid job to work for myself again. Looking back now at my last 2 employee positions I realise the importance of skilled leadership and talent management when supervising and supporting staff strengths. I experienced neither. It was soul destroying.
I love working for myself. Michele sums up the benefits here - 7 reasons most professionals should work for themselves
But it's not easy! There are two things I battle with most and which keep me awake at night - uncertainty and focus.
That fortnightly deposit that magically arrives in your bank account regardless of effort, outcomes or even attendance is seductive.
How do I find a niche, or should I spread myself widely?
And of course there are archaic systems to stymie opportunity. Do you work with them or treat them as road blocks and head another direction?
Often acceptance brings with it an unnecessary waste of time and money. Probably the biggest road block for me at present remains the Certificate 4 in Training & Education but more about that later.
Right now I know I need to take time to promote myself better, to focus in on particular strengths as niche areas, and to find some detours around those road blocks.
[CC FlickR image by Irargerich]
I know my sanity depends on remaining artistically active, so I need to find the mental and physical spaces to enable that. I know my health depends on more exercise, and I need to allocate time and energy towards that. And when it all feels too hard I need the reassurance and support of a loving partner, and I'm blessed with that.
Mid 2011 those uncertainty fears drove me to begin looking for paid employment once again. What I discovered was a) when times are tight the public service closes its doors and recycles (often) 'dead wood' rather than bringing in fresh blood, and b) the private sector wants low paid work horses NOT innovators.
Already, with Michele's encouragement I'm willing to refocus efforts on making self-employment work. Step #1
Over the next month I'm looking forward to making time for reflection and finding tools and strategies to move forward. Thanks Michele for facilitating this!