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Unformatted text preview: e about. Something that, when you woke up in the morning, you actually looked forward to doing. How would life be different for you? Managing your career should be, at least in part, about finding a career that you truly enjoy. The benefits are manifold. You will be happier, which will make you healthier. Which in turn will make you able to have a generally higher quality of life. If you don’t know what you are passionate about or what your interests really are, there are all kinds of tests out there that you can take. One famous test you may have taken is the Myers-Briggs. But we’ll do two rather simple exercises to see if you can get a clearer idea of the type of career that will be the best fit for you. 2.1 Exercise One First, on a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle. On the left-hand side, list the things in life that are most important to you. List people, things, ideals, activities – whatever it is that is very important to you and to your personal happiness. For example, a list might look like this: Family Health Integrity Friends Work Church Pets Reading Children Download free ebooks at 11 Determining Your Interests and Passions Managing Your Career Painting Travel Now on the right-hand side, list your strengths and skills. Think about things you know how to do from a work or knowledge perspective, and that you actually enjoy doing. So your list might look something like this: Working with people Training others Learning new skills Supervising others Understanding complex ideas Please click the advert Solving problems 360° thinking . 360° thinking . 360° thinking . Discover the truth at © Deloitte & Touche LLP and affiliated entities. Discover the truth at © Deloitte & Touche LLP and affiliated entities. Download free ebooks at 12 Discover the truth at © Deloitte & Touche LLP and affiliated entities. © Deloitte & Touche LLP and affiliated entities. D Determining Your Interests and Passions Managing Your Career Writing Public speaking Helping people Working with my hands Now, take a moment to compare the two lists for some areas that cross-over. For example, if you enjoy working with your hands and are good at training others, and you know that working with children brings you joy, what kind of careers could you follow that would allow you to do all of those things? If you enjoy helping others and you enjoy pursuing better health, what kind of a career could you have that would allow you to do both? There are no right answers here – this is a brainstorming exercise to get you to start thinking outside of whatever career path you might already find yourself on. It doesn’t mean that you have to change the current career path that you have been following – but it might point you to ways that you could enjoy your current career path more. Perhaps you could focus on developing a new skill set that will allow you to take advantage of the experience you have but apply it to a new role. Just think creatively – how can you combine your passions and your skills into a career you would love? 2.2. Exercise Two In this exercise, we’re going to look at the kind of personality that you have, and what that tells you about the kind of career that you might enjoy. To do this, we’ll first need to explain the personality quadrant so that you can determine which kind of personality type you have. There are four basic types in this model: Direct Systematic Spirited Considerate You will not necessarily be entirely one or the other type. But there is usually a dominant personality type that you will recognize as being closest to your own. Let’s start by taking a look at the personality matrix model in Figure 1. This model was developed by Dr. Eileen Russo. Her model uses two dimensions of personality: expressiveness and assertiveness. Download free ebooks at 13 Determining Your Interests and Passions Managing Your Career Figure 1: The Personality Matrix Each of the four personality quadrants represents a basic personality style. People can fall anywhere within each quadrant, becoming more uniformly one style over the others as they move further from the center. Notice that the more assertive styles ‘tell’ others what to do. The less assertive styles ‘ask’ others what should be done. The more expressive styles tend to show their emotions in their face, speech, and tone. The less expressive styles will either not express or hide their emotions. The resulting four basic personality styles are shown in Figure 2. Low Expressiveness + Low Assertiveness = Systematic Low Expressiveness + High Assertiveness = Direct High Expressiveness + High Assertiveness = Spirited High Expressiveness + Low Assertiveness = Considerate Figure 2: The Four Basic Personality Styles Download free ebooks at 14 Determining Your Interests and Passions Managing Your Career Now let’s look at the basic characteristics of each type of personality and the types of careers that tend to fit these personality types. 2.2.1 Direct People w...
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