Setting your Objectives

Stage 1. What do you want to do?

Career choices, decisions, and career moves aren't easy. The problem for many people is too many choices, too many tough decisions and too many doubts about career moves.

By definition, a career is a long term thing, something you can do for a lifetime.

That means it's something where you have the skills, knowledge, and motivation to work and be productive. It has to be something you want to do, not something you have to do through lack of choices, for best rewards and results.

Believe it or not, that simplifies things.

Many people put a lot of time, money and effort into careers they ultimately don't pursue.

What looks good on the surface and goes nowhere isn't what you need.

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Stage 2. What do you really like doing?

What are your talents? What are the things you do well, and that you really enjoy, where you can function happily and be yourself?

Recent studies have shown that people employed in fields where they're doing the things they love are far more productive, and far happier. As careers, they're excellent choices, and much lower stress.

Not too surprising, is it?

A lack of personal achievement, and a loss of personal opportunities by having to work in an area which isn't personally rewarding beyond the wages, is no great inspiration for a career doing more of the same.

It's drudgery, it's a waste of other talents. People are always conscious of the things they want to do, and that causes stresses as the frustrations increase.

Your talents are your greatest asset.

They represent your natural abilities and preferences. Don't allow them to be wasted.

Everybody has talents. These are real natural skills, too. They're natural aptitudes for doing things well. That translates into a real career option.

Successful careers are based on talent. As a career, you can also at least be sure it's something where you can succeed.

Stage 3. What really interests you?

Imagine for a moment a career spending decades doing things you're not even interested in, beyond earning a living. No possibility of personal achievement, no inspiration, the motivation is just paying for things.

Empty years, and a lot of them. From graduation to nowhere in particular

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Disgusting thought, isn't it?

It's also a form of personal stagnation.

The mind has to be involved. The human mind knows when it's being bored to death. An uninteresting job is one of the best possible ways of accomplishing that. Some people literally hate their jobs, and ultimately, their careers and their lives.

That's definitely not where you want to be 20 years from now.

The things that really interest you, are trustworthy indicators of what your mind wants to be doing, and you don't even really have to ask yourself what they are.

Similarly, for career and job choices, you can start by excluding the things you really don't like, and don't want to do. Anything where you lack interest, aptitude and motivation should be avoided. It may be a job, but it's never going to be a good one.

For those in mid career, this is an informed choice, built on experience.

At entry level it's just common sense. A non-career can be a dead end, and really will waste years of your life. Avoid at all costs.

If you're stuck with a job or career situation because of pure survival needs, use it to start heading where you want to go. Jobs like that can pay their way in providing the money and support for a better life.