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Career: an occupation or profession followed as a life’s work; a course or passage
Life: a way of living; the physical and mental experiences of an individual; a specific phase or period
In the past, career professionals have suggested that we have work or a career and a home life and that we should consider them to be separate units.
I agree, however, with the assertion of Dr. Alan Weiss that we don’t have a separate work life and a separate home life; we simply have a life! In today’s society, drawing a line between work and home is no longer valid. I suggest that we no longer try to separate them.
The concept of working or earning a living to help fund what you really want to do is flawed. At some level, most if not all of what a person does in life should be linked to his or her natural gifts, talents, interests, passion, and purpose. Rather than thinking about life in the context of a career path, we need to shift our thinking to our purpose in the context of our current stage in life and our desired lifestyle.
A New Mandate for Career Development Professionals
What is the mandate of career development professionals? In the past, job titles and job descriptions drove the conversations between career development professionals and their clients.
Another strategy in the profession is the practice of using a battery of psychometric tests to determine the characteristics of the client, including who and what he is and what his interests are. This practice has limited use in the context of career development or career choice. Norms that are part of the psychometric process typically apply only to the specific group where the standardization was created. This means new norms should be quantified in EVERY unique user group. That process quickly becomes impractical for most organizations and typically results in a co-dependent relationship because it ALWAYS requires qualified and certified practitioners to interpret the results.
Career development professionals should not be telling the client what he/she should be doing but rather facilitating a process to assist the client in self-discovery.
The new mandate for career development professionals is to provide processes, systems, and experiences so their clients are equipped to make confident, independent, and intentional life decisions. Our responsibility is to help individuals discover their purpose. Discover means uncover, not create.
Strategies to Successful Career/Life Development
- Think of creating and fulfilling an overall lifestyle, not a separate home life and work life.
- The intent of the career professional is to equip the client to be independent in the future. Whenever possible, avoid any co-dependent process that requires professionals to interpret the results.
- Establishing a person’s overall passion and purpose in life is one of the highest priorities.
- We suggest that you stop testing and start using quality communication tools and assessments. Most tests are best used as screening tools, not career development.
- Engage the participant in the discovery processes. Design it in such as way that the process can be used independently by the participant on an ongoing basis.
- Avoid shallow processes. Rather than confuse participants with incomplete experiences and content, avoid the use of inferior resources altogether.
- Acknowledge that principles and practices are far more powerful to the client than the recommendation of a specific career. Values identification, skills, interest confirmation processes, and confidence-building methods equip the individual for the future.
- Finally, if you are a career professional who is not on purpose and passionate about your life, then you have not earned the right to help others in their life/career planning process. Authenticity is critical and required for helping others in their life plan.
With individuals now having over eight jobs in their lifetime on average, it is possible that the concept of a career is an anachronism. Many of the responsibilities and jobs you will engage have not yet been invented. Therefore it is necessary for you and your clients to be grounded in your interests, your core values, your passion, and your purpose. That is far more useful than any industry job code.
Until next time keep “Living on Purpose,”