Who Do You Think You Are?
Your personality and your career
Working with clients on their careers, I think it is important to take time to help them explore in detail who they are and what makes them tick.
Why does this matter?
Well, if you don’t have a detailed understanding of yourself, you will always find it difficult to make an assessment of your current career or to evaluate new career ideas you may want to consider if your current job is leaving you bored and frustrated.
The aspect of self awareness that often makes the most impact is looking at personality and the role that it plays in your working life.
There is no doubt that some jobs will just be a better ‘fit’ for you than others. And just as wearing a badly fitting pair of shoes will make your feet hurt, a badly fitting career will also leave you feeling uncomfortable. In some cases it may be just a general sense of discomfort and in others it could be that you feel totally like a fish out of water.
Looking at your career from the perspective of personality can be quite revealing.
Are you a people person?
Do you thrive on the buzz of having lots of people around you, lots going on, high energy and lots of action? Do you like to think on your feet and need other people to bounce ideas off? This kind of working atmosphere can be essential to some people, while for others, the constant buzz can actually be a real drain on them.
Some people will need the opportunity to get away and have some quiet time each day to recharge their batteries, will prefer to work on ideas on their own with time for reflection and focus. For these people, a busy open plan office will be exhausting not energising.
Big picture or focus on the detail?
Are you the kind of person who likes to take the big picture view, who always has an eye on the horizon in terms of how projects might be developed? This visionary perspective is great if your work is all about growing new ideas and approaches, but not everyone thinks this way.
You may perhaps have more of a focus on detail. When you see a big picture idea you immediately start thinking about the small practical steps that are needed to make it a working reality. And you are likely to judge an idea on the basis of what has gone before rather than by how exciting and appealing the possibilities might be of the new way forward.