Day 3 - 10 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself
Self-reflection is a key part of the job search - but all too often it is ignored
Committing to a career can be a big decision, so the consideration that goes into it should never be taken lightly. If done well, it can land you in a job in which you are both successful and happy. Day 2 should've given you some ideas of how your career path or job search could be altered slightly (or massively!) to open doors to new opportunities. Today we will build on this self-reflection, with 10 of the most important questions when considering a new career path. There are no right or wrong answers - as long as you are being true to yourself!
1. Do you prefer to work in a team or individually?
This question is one of the most important when considering your career path. It can determine your productivity, efficiency and how well you enjoy the work you are doing. Obviously, most people aren’t strictly orientated to work within a team or individually, but knowing which way you lean further towards can help in understanding which career best suits you.
2. Do you like working in an office or would you want to work remotely?
As we discussed on Day 2, this question is important if you are looking to expand your horizons. Similar to the previous question, it’s important to know whether you enjoy working around other people. This doesn't necessarily mean within a team, but more whether you work more efficiently when other people are around or not. Furthermore, in order to work remotely, you are required to be self-disciplined and driven. These are serious things to consider before working remotely.
Another thing to consider when you are asking yourself this question is whether or not you will miss being part of a community environment. Yes, your colleagues and workmates will inevitably get on your nerves at some point, however, you may rather be annoyed once in a while than be by yourself all the time. Therefore, if you are someone who can’t spend too much time on their own, remote work is likely not for you.
3. Are you willing to relocate for your career?
There are many pros to relocation, as discussed in Day 2, although it is not always an easy option to make. Aside from boosting your CV and giving you a competitive edge, relocation can help you grow as a person too. However, for those with strong reasons to stay at home (children, dependent family members etc.) your options may be limited in terms of relocation. Luckily, very few careers REQUIRE relocation. Finding a remote job could be a great alternative if you want to open more doors in terms of your job search without actually moving abroad. If relocation does appeal to you but for whatever reason it isn't a practical option, finding a job that requires lots of travel could be a great alternative.
4. Do you feel confident with modern technology?
For a lot of people, it’s hard to keep up with all the latest computer programmes and technology. This, however, becomes more and more of a problem as these skills are increasingly high in demand. Many careers nowadays require knowledge in programmes such as Photoshop that have traditionally been reserved for jobs such as Graphic Designers and Photographers. Knowing your capabilities and weaknesses is important in the job application process. Some of these skills you will be able to work on by yourself as we will discuss tomorrow, whereas others will require classes, money, and time. This will help you determine which jobs are within your capabilities, and those that will require special attention as you may not have all the necessary qualifications.
5. Would you prefer a task that is more analytical or creative?
For some, numbers are their strong suit. Data analysis and calculations are what they strive on. For others, they are more suited to creative tasks, and numbers are a bore. For the lucky few, pleasure can be found in both. With the way required skills are changing within careers, it is important to be conscious of what you prefer. For example, Social Media marketing may sound like creating cool, interactive Instagram posts, when in actuality there is a lot of data analysis that goes into posts being published at peak times on peak days, to ensure optimum interaction.
6. What direction do your qualifications lead you?
Your educational qualifications are not the be-all and end-all of your capabilities. Frankly, if you are determined enough, you can head your career path in whatever direction you like. However, the path you’ve decided to take in education could be pointing you towards many careers you have not yet considered. After all, with the development of modern technology, new jobs are being created every day.
Blogging and Social Media Marketing is a relatively new field, and many don’t realise that their educational experience qualifies them for this career. Degrees in Modern Languages, English or Graphic Design all put you on the right track to pursuing this career. Many of the skills more specific to these careers can be easily learnt using online resources.
7. How important is money to you?
One of the most important questions on this list. Before pursuing any career, you need to know whether your end goal is to have enough money for a nice house and fancy car but not necessarily look forward to going to work every day, or to be passionate in what you are doing, despite not always being financially comfortable. Think twice about both options, because ultimately, it’s best to find a balance between the two.
8. What has your past taught you?
One of Steve Job's most famous quotes is “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” By telling you this, we are not saying that if your whole life has been spent dedicated to one career path you can't change at any point. Rather, by reflecting on your past experiences - what you enjoyed, where you found success, and what you down-right hated - it can lead you to the right decision for you.
9. Is a work/life balance important to you?
Ask yourself how much of your life you want to dedicate to your career. For some of us, our career is what gets us out of bed in the morning and really drives us. For others, a job is simply a form of income, and we’d rather spend our time at home or travelling. Being honest with yourself about how much of your life you want to put into your work will make it more likely you enjoy your job. Finding the workload too little or too much can make you miserable and leave you feeling unmotivated.
10. What are your passions?
We've saved the most important question for last. Following your passions, and finding a way to make money out of it is an amazing way to put yourself on the path to success. Granted, this isn't as easy as it sounds. For many people, after a little reflection, they start to wonder what their passions actually are. They are not always as clear cut as you may think, and it can take a little experimenting and a lot of thinking to figure them out. However, once you have worked out what makes you get out of the bed in the morning, finding a way to make money out of it should come a little easier. This does not mean your passion has to become your whole career - however having it implemented in your job in some way makes waking up on a Monday morning a whole lot easier. For example, if you love food, this does not mean you have to become a chef. However, whether it be for marketing or graphic design, working within a company that focuses on food might make the job a whole lot more enjoyable.
Each of these questions should be considered carefully before choosing your career path, as being honest about them can be the key to success!
Tomorrow we will be sharing key hints and tips to boost your employability, featuring some easy to learn skills that will give your CV a boost and help you prepare for working life...
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1.I prefer to work individually 2.I'd rather work remotely, I tried it once and definitely it was all advantages! 3. Very willing, in fact I joined this website in order to get a job in another EU country (I am from Spain). 4.Totally, though it is not exactly my career background, I am currently studying web developement and looking forward to learn more about computer technology. 5.I would prefer a more analytical task, however a job as a copyrighter or translator would not dislike me at all 6.My qualifications lead me to the transport and logistical sector, and more especifically, to the customer service profile, although I'm open to new paths and challenges. 7.Money is not important to me, as see it as a means to everyday needs; for me, time is more important, so I value more the schedule of a job than the salary 8.My past has taught me that I can achieve any purpose I have in mind with just a little focus and confidence in myself, and most of the times worrying is meaningless as things tend to work out by themselves 9.It is very important because, as I said before, I value a lot my time and how I spend it, so I prefer a job with a shift more according to my needs, even if is less payed. 10.This is a tricky question for me, as there are so many things I like that I can decide if they're passions or hobbies. But to name a few, I enjoy reading challenging books, working out, being aware of worldwide news, parrot breeding, etc.
posted 5 months ago by David
J'aime travaillé en équipe c'est mieix
posted 5 months ago by Othmane
I like to work in team work
posted 5 months ago by Shimaa
1. I prefer to work in a team most of the time, mainly because I find it more productive if two or more people work on the same problem. For some important task you need to be on your own tho. 2. Office. I like having colleagues to help and break up your day, but I would want to have an option later on to work remotely. 3. Yes, as a matter of fact I just moved to Barcelona in search of the job I want. 4.Yes, I like to try out new things and learn new skills. 5. Numbers are where I am strong so I am more of an analytical person. 6. That is a tough one. I read allot about investments and think allot about money. Business analytics is what I recently figured out. 7. Well money is important, that is a fact. My life goal is to be financialy independent but for now I am not looking for the most paid job, just trying to get the experience for the job I want so I can make a decent life later. 8. That I love to work with/around people. 9. YES, that is why I want financialy independence. I will never stop working, I enjoy working but having the abillity to just do what you want to do is the freedom i want. 10. My passion is my goal to financally independence.
posted 5 months ago by Jón Þór
1. I prefer to work in a team most of the time, mainly because I find it more productive if two or more people work on the same problem. For some important task you need to be on your own tho.
posted 5 months ago by Jón Þór
1. When it comes to important daily tasks like doing a customer analysis, calculating the turnover, doing a marketing research, I prefer to work individually as I am more concentrated and focused, therefore more productive. On the other hand, when it comes to do creative tasks like a marketing advertising campaign, the design of a calendar or a Facebook material, I believe that working on a team could be more efficient and innovative. 2. I enjoy having colleagues to help and also to rely on when needed, so I’d say that I like working in an office. On the other hand, I can say that I am a self-disciplined and well organized person, therefore working remotely could also be an option for me. Maybe a mix between these two options will fit me perfectly: going at the office from Monday until Thursday for example, and on Fridays working remotely on the tasks that can be done from home that need more attention. 3. At this moment in my life, yes I am willing to relocate. I believe that moving to another culture is a great opportunity to develop on both professional and personal levels. 4. I am the kind of person that likes to learn something every single day. I feel confident using modern technology, but if I’ll ever find myself in a situation that is out of my skills I will never hesitate to ask for help and to learn either from an experimented colleague, either from an online tutorial. 5. Numbers are my strong suit. Data analysis and calculations are what I strive on. This are the kind of tasks I would prefer to do by myself. I also like creative tasks too and like mentioned at the first question, I believe that creative tasks have more results when working in a team. 6. I have studied statistics and econometrics. Based on this qualifications I have skills to perform systemic analyses, economic diagnostics and forecasting. 7. My end goal is the quality of life. So yes, money is the necessary survival tool that helps to have the comfort of a home, the possibility to buy healthy food or to go to cultural events, but in the end I would never do a job that I hate just to buy a house or a car. 8. I am good with working with customers. I am more productive in a peaceful work of place. I still don’t know how to demand my rights. I am good at what I am doing and I can always get better. 9. Obviously! For me life in not all about the work place or a job. Spending quality time with family, reading or traveling are important too. 10. Crafting, traveling, photography, reading and shopping for antique treasures.
posted 5 months ago by ROXANA
1. Individually. I need silence 2. Remotely 3. Not for now. It's only two years I am in the Netherlands, I want to stay here 4. It depends for what, but mostly yes, and I learn quickly 5. Both 6. Teaching and writing. I'm a language expert (French, Spanish, Italian), with specialization in religion 7. More and more 8. My past taught me that when I thing I'm arriving to a limit or to the end of something, it's actually only the beginning. I say that because when I was in France, I was thinking what I would never change job or evolve. And now I'm living in the Netherlands, and giving a new impulsion to my teacher career. 9. Yes ! 10. Writing, Judaism, sharing my knowledge, giving tips and tools to help people to improve, learning and then sharing.
posted 5 months ago by Virginie
posted 5 months ago by Virginie
A really good set of questions to ask ourselves, answering them it has helped me to clarify some thoughts.
posted 5 months ago by Rui
1. Although I value a team enovironment, I prefer working independently because I work effectively when completing tasks alone. This is evident in my previous and current job during crisis, and I was always able to move proactively to change the situation. I can be calm even in a highly crowded environment to address work needs; However, from experience best decisions came when I acted out of intuition. I value my intuition and have come to rely on it to drive creativity and solutions. But again I always learn a lot from what I call people watching. It helps me understand the need a of the employees, society and human, which I try matching to the needs to the organization. I also use people, landscapes, sound and art for inspiration, so I enjoy learning from team members. 2. I wouldn't mind working remotely or in an office. I'm very disciplined, so if I do work in an office, I would appreciate structure, and proessionalism at work. This is actually why I loved my earlier jobs in hospitality; my smile is my greatest asset even in my current managerial job; it somehow boosts people's day, but I always enjoyed the professionalism of hotels. Knowing that exceptional deliver of service is and why it should come with professional respect to the clients needs. 3. Yes! Ever since I was a child I dreamed of traveling. My heart is set to the skies; even started watching Mandarin shows, so I could pick up a few words. I'm very fortunate to be a United World Scholar Alumna because I learned from a early on the best way to make anyone feel special is by speaking their language. I used this to connect with my Persian boss, American bosses, French teachers and more! My goal is to be come a multicultural expert; that's where the world's treasures lies in people stories. 4. Adapating to change is second nature! I enjoy it and try to motivate growth in my daily tasks. This is true for my current job as financial manager. I have no prior experience, yet I didn't allow to to stop me from taking the risks and reaping the many benefits I've accomplished today for the organization. I care about the well-being of people. I love for creating exceptional experiences for cuatomers; however, I'm also family oriented, this I value a job that will allow me that work life balance. I worked in wellness for a year and have come to appreciate we all have one life, so make the most of it with the healthiest of wellness choices to accomplish all you wany. I believe finance is more about security, and this yes it I important, but a more fulfilling job comes first.
posted 5 months ago by Zethu