how to get career clarity

5 Ways to Get Career Clarity

Here are 5 ways to get career clarity. Hate your job but not sure what the right next move is? That’s okay, we’ve all been there.

It might not seem like it, but there is a positive side to hating your job. You have officially learned what you don’t want to do. There is value in that.

I find that people often can’t see how their unique skills can be applied to other areas leaving them feeling trapped in a dead-end situation.

Secondly, they aren’t familiar with the other opportunities out there aside from the industry they work so it’s hard to understand what their options are. 

In order to get the juices flowing, I have outlined some of my favorite ways to help people brainstorm career options and get clarity in their next step.

As you go through these exercises, keep an open mind, and don’t worry if you have the skills to do what you want. Those can always be figured out.

Journal your dream job

Grab a piece of paper and start writing about your dream life. The more specific the better because then you can get clear on what to work towards. Don’t get caught up in whether or not you can make it happen. Focus on the job you want and then figure out the steps to get there later.

List your skills

Listing out all of your skills both professionally and personally is a great way to get a holistic view of what you can offer. Take a look at your resume and start listing out all of the skills you have acquired.

Then think about any hobbies, odd jobs you’ve worked, or skills you’ve gained outside of work. Do you know Photoshop? Did you take an advanced Excel course? Do you speak another language? Are you certified in anything? Have you taught a seminar before? Get familiar with your skills.

Ask a friend

Ask a friend what they think you would be good at. Sometimes getting an outsiders perspective could help get more ideas.

Research job descriptions

Research job descriptions to get a better understanding of what the day-to-day responsibilities might look like on other paths. Also, be mindful that jobs can look different across industries and company sizes. For example, you may wear many hats in a small startup whereas your role would be more defined in a corporate setting. You can go a step further and set-up Google or LinkedIn alerts for those companies or positions that interest you. 

Hire a career coach

If you’re feeling overwhelmed doing this yourself, you can hire a career coach. They can walk you through this discovery process step-by-step. Coaches will also hold you accountable to move your dreams forward. Plus, you get to expand your network.

Figuring out your career path doesn’t have to be super complicated. These 5 ways will help you to narrow down your direction and move towards career clarity. Continue to research and refine until you’ve found what you want to do.