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Making an informed career choice

NBS London Masters students July 2013 / 14

Gaynor Egan

on 9 July 2014

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Transcript of Making an informed career choice

(And making it happen!)
Making an informed career choice.
What are your values?
2. What are my skills?
Work/Life balance?
Helping people?
Harvard Business Review 2012
So, what's a career?
"An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progression" Dictionary definition

D: Decision learning

O: Opportunity awareness

T: Transition learning

S: Self awareness

Opportunity awareness
The right opportunity will be a good match for your values, interests, skills and current circumstances.
Prepare to take action: 1
the awareness and skills required to make informed, reasoned decisions
understanding the structure of the working world and the opportunities within it
awareness and skills needed to implement decisions and to cope with their consequences
understanding individual strengths, interests and needs
Law & Watts '77
Last thoughts...

Values statement
Job description
Work shadowing
Informational interviews
Look for clues...
Prepare to take action: 2
...the factors influencing your decisions will keep changing along with your circumstances throughout your careers...
"The difference between a job and a career is the difference between forty and sixty hours a week'. Robert Frost.
Evaluate how your personal priorities may impact future career options

Relate your self awareness to the knowledge of different opportunities

Try not to panic and take the first job on offer...

What does this involve on a day to day basis?
What are the potential risks/rewards?
How likely am I to find this satisfying?
Evaluate the pros and cons at every stage eg.
And don't forget...
Self Awareness...
Self awareness...
1. Who am I?
Personal SWOT and RAG report
Or in other words:
Who am I?
What's out there?
How can I make a good decision?
How do I make things happen?
Access to longer values exercise
(Andrew will be talking to you after lunch about where you can search for good opportunities... )
A career is...
RAG REPORT and Personality questionnaire
Take a closer look...
Be open to opportunities
2. I wish I'd quit earlier
3. I wish I'd had the confidence to start my own business. Don't be a wantrepreneur...
1. I wish I'd not taken the job for the money...
4. I wish I'd used my time at college more productively...
5. I wish I'd acted on my career hunch... 'now or never moments'
10 mins
5 mins
A plan =
concrete steps to turn your 'vision' of your future into reality + goals to help you prepare and and ultimately achieve it+ flexibility to change, because "stuff" happens along the way
Why plan?
Psychological studies have found that people who write down their intentions are up to
2-3 times more likely
to carry them out!
Goals sometimes need a bit of adapting to feel realistic and measurable. One way to do this is to "SMARTEN" your goals...
What's your vision?
I want to have my own business and earn really good money
I want to help end poverty in developing countries
Big picture is good - but may seem unachievable.
Breaking things down to the micro level can bring clarity and help you to plan.
What; why; who; where; when?
how much, how many?
Is it realistic? Achievable?
Are the actions I'm going to take really the things that I need to do?
Deadlines! Don't put them off. And set short-term milestones too to keep you motivated.
Example goal:
I'd like to get some work experience in London.
How to make this SMARTer?

Group discussion.
Think of your goal.
What's your current reality?
What are the obstacles and opportunities to achieving your goal?
What's your way forward?
I want to be a management consultant.
oal: I want to complete at least 4 weeks of work experience in a UK based consultancy firm by November.
eality: my CV needs work... I'm not on LinkedIn... I don't know any management consultancies... I'm not sure which ones would suit me anyway...
bstacles /
I don't know anyone
I think I heard Lisa-Rose talk about the UEA mentoring scheme... maybe there are some useful websites I can look at... I think the sister of one of my friends works for a management consultancy... there's an organised networking meeting happening next week...
I don't have much time
ay forward
I'm going to update and work on my CV this weekend, and use the resources available to me via MyCareerCentral to assist
I'm going to join LinkedIn and watch the you-tube tutorials about making a good profile
I'm going to talk to the UEA mentoring department to see if they have any mentors who are or who have been management consultants
I'm going to talk to my friend to see if I can have a chat with her sister
I'm going to do all of this by the end of next week!
I'm going to do some research into the different sorts of management consultancies in my area and make a list of those I could approach
If we have time...
write down a goal of your own.
Think about making it SMART
Think about how you can GROW this plan on a step-by-step basis, just like the example.
Video next
Ask: When did you last plan something and then carry it out? Studying here? Travelling?
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