We have been far from the days when people had watched their fathers and # 39; Footsteps and women had been local. But with so many opportunities that are now open to us and the expectations of friends, parents and society, people often find it difficult to choose which career would be suitable for them. Fortunately, research in the field of positive, personality and work psychology can provide a good framework to guide us to making these difficult and important decisions.
The general definition of personality is a good starting point ; "Personality is based on characteristic thoughts, emotions and behaviors that make individuals unique." This definition covers three important issues. First, how you think, feel and behave, is clearly having a significant impact on determining the most appropriate career, so understanding your personality is an important part of any career decision. Second, our personality is very complicated. They combine many different features and are often not simple or easy to understand. And thirdly, we are all different. Each of us has a unique personality and therefore each of us is a custom career with unique features. It may seem obvious, but it is worth emphasizing that what works for one person may not work for others, though similar to what it seems to be. Advice from friends and family can be useful but absolutely every one of us needs to choose a personal career because no one else understands our thoughts and feelings as we do.
How can you rate your personality in relation to career selection? There are various different theories of personality and various psychological models that can be useful to varying degrees but I have developed a simple model that compiles the most important ones that will help you choose a career that best suits your personality. Male personality Profile model has four aspects; Hobbies (what you like), values (what you find meaningful), strengths (what you are good at) and the environment (where you feel safest). In summary, the first two episodes, Interest and Value, incorporate Martin Seligman's theory of real happiness, Tal Ben-Shahar's Happiness Archetype and Kennon Sheldon research on sustainable goals that show that we are happiest when we do things we use while We look for goals that we find personally meaningful. The third factor, Strength, reflects Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's flow of flow as we are most likely to achieve maximum experience and optimal performance when the difficulty of projects we adapt to our abilities. Another way to look at this is that we are most likely to feel good about ourselves when we use our strengths and avoid using our weaknesses. The fourth factor, Environment, acknowledges that the way we find and behave will be greatly influenced by our environment and reflects Peter Warr's research and others in the environmental impact of happiness we experience at work.
How do you work with your career? When working with clients, I use Birkman Method® Behavioral Assessment and Training Techniques to develop a very deep understanding of four factors, but you can develop simple formats for you. Basically, you need to reflect each of the four aspects again and write down the most important thing for you. Interested, what do you like to do, both at work and in your free time? In terms of value, what do you understand about work, or what do you want to achieve with your life? In terms of strength, what are you good at, not only in terms of practical (hard) skills but also in terms of behavioral problems (soft skills), such as connecting people, coping with change and making decisions? And for the environment, where do you feel most comfortable? What size and type of business, what type of management, what kind of daily life? It is best to do this exercise at the time when you are relaxed and unlawfully disturbing. Also try to think about an example for each item you come up with and remember how you felt at that time.
After discussing each of the four aspects, write down all key elements on a single page for information about the ideal. You can now use this format to guide you as you think different caregivers. Compare each career you have in mind with your profile and see how well it fits. What is the best match? Or if none of them seems to be very successful, can you think of something else that would? The closer the match between potential career and template, the more likely to both enjoy and succeed. If you think you do not know enough about a career to do a comparative study, you'll need to study that career to find out more about it.
I hope it gives you a good idea of the best way to approach career choices. The reality for many is much more complicated than this simple picture would suggest, but my career experience has shown that it's a very effective way to help people focus on the right things. Clearly, when working with clients, I go to great depths and help customers understand the elements of their personality that are not already clear to them, but the overall approach is exactly the same. The most important thing to remember is that you have to start to understand yourself. If you do not, you're definitely unable to choose the right career.