Three ways to get into the career development mindset

happy-discussion-over-a-laptopWhen considering your future career it’s tempting to focus on what jobs are currently being advertised, what work your family does, what careers your friends are considering, and what you’ve heard pays well.

Sometimes it can be difficult to narrow down your choices when there are so many things you find interesting. Sometimes the opposite is also true – nothing jumps out at you, so how can you possibly pick an occupation or career path?

A career development mindset can help you focus on the bigger picture; starting with who you are and what your interests are, and working towards a plan of action to get you on the path to an exciting career.

It is also important to understand that many people will have multiple jobs and a number of careers in their lifetime, so you don’t necessarily have to make one career choice for the rest of your life.

Here are three ways to help you approach your occupational decisions with a career development mindset:

  1. Be willing to step out of your comfort zone
    Be open to careers that may never have occurred to you. Try new things (this could be through volunteering, work experience programs or hobbies) to see what situations bring out your best and capture your interest.
  2. Think about skills, not job titles
    There are skills you have and skills you can develop, that play to your strengths. These skills will make you shine in a multitude of careers. Ask yourself what skills and interests you might enjoy developing and using – and then think about careers where you could use these skills!
  3. Get to know yourself
    If you aren’t sure where to start, try out our free Knowing Yourself tools. They can help develop your career development thinking and get you started on the exciting path of career planning!