Category: Career Advice
Created on Monday, 10 January 2011 12:11
Written by Winnie Tan
What better way to pick your career than to understand yourself better? VISE is a simple four-step method that will assist you in doing so. Try it! Values
What matters to you most? What guides you in your decision-making? How do these values affect how you prioritise one job over another? Here are some questions to guide you in finding out your preferences:
- What are you seeking to satisfy at work – self-actualisation, intellectual or practical needs, wealth or recognition from your peers?
- How important is job stability to you?
- What is your ideal work-life ratio?
- Think of possible work ethnics dilemmas – how much are you willing to compromise and on what grounds will you stand firm?
- Arrange these seven values in order of importance to you: Adventure, Challenge, Enjoyment, Family, Stability, Power, and Recognition. Interests
Where does your passion(s) lies? What do you enjoy doing most? What can you see yourself doing for the rest of your life? While there may be lull periods, there are some things that would make work seem less like it. Identifying your interests will help keep you engaged in a satisfying career.
- Issues that fire you up
- Your favourite entertainment genres
- What do you usually read up online or in bookstores
- Your co-curriculum activities in school
- Projects and other experiences that you have particularly enjoyed
However, this does not necessarily mean that everyone could or should delve into making their hobbies their career. Next up, you should look at relevant skills as well. Skills
In school, we typically gain technical skills. For example, accountants will probably learn to be better in mathematics while communications students will have to brush up their languages. Everyone is on level playing field for this.
What would make you stand out during interviews would then be your soft skills such as relationship management and communicating yourself well to clients. These skills are also transferable in any environment. Write down a list of your skills and start identifying relevant ones you may wish to highlight to potential employers or add on to your resume! Environment
Last but not the least, the work environment. As much as possible, find out what the corporate culture of the company is like. The people and the culture of the company makes all the difference. If you are the sort that loves competition, you will enjoy the challenge in a dog-eats-dog environment.
Finding out the corporate culture of a company is easy for big companies and MNC's – just ask around a little and you will find an (ex-)employee. For smaller companies, you may wish to ask to tag along for a day.
Finally, see the common thread that forms when you review all the above factors. Which careers or jobs will match your values, interests and skills? This would help you reduce the chance of finding "The One" better. You might also like: How to Mingle and Make Small Talk
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