Career Confidence is one’s confidence that they are on the right track with their career, that
their career aligns well with who they are and what they want out of life.
It is truly about how well you fit with your current job and career. Career Confidence is based on:
Your comfort in any given situation career-wise
Your understanding of your strengths and talents Your self-talk
The right career choice or perfect career will do the following:
#Make you feel comfortable (you will be relaxed and calm)
#Fit like a shoe (suit your personality type)
#Reveal you are extremely good at what you do (make you outstanding)
Confidence increases when you do work that is easy for you and makes you feel good.
So avoid career (or job) mismatch.
Do more of what you are good at.
WHAT IT IS NOT?
Career confidence is NOT:
Self-Assurance of one’s capabilities that they can do the job
Rather Career Confidence involves at least 3 major components:
3. A Realistic Career Plan
1. Passion is:
# A devotion that permeates everything
# An intense, deep, emotionally compelling feeling or desire
# A boundless enthusiasm that consumes you
When you have passion:
#You will be excited
#Things will make sense
# You will be filled with energy
Passion is the internal energy that excites us and ignites our emotions, intellect and our sense of purpose.
There are 3 levels of passion:
1. Interest (lowest)
2. Desire (intermediate)
3. Sacrifice (highest)
Interest Level Passions: What attracts you and what you are curious about.
Nonessential, can be passed up.
Desire Level Passions: What you pursue and explore, given the time and resources. May be put on hold for other more compelling passions.
Sacrifice Level Passions: What is your core priority, what you are willing to lay other things aside for. Things characterized by the must have or must be done “at-all-costs syndrome”.
2. Purpose is:
# The meaningful goal to which you aspire
#The goal that is awakened when you experience passion
# The reason for existence
When you have purpose:
# You will avoid abuse or misuse
# You will have answers as to why something is important to you
3. Realistic Career Plan
A Career plan is a simple dynamic tool, designed to fit your passions and your purpose. It does not lock you down to a specific path but instead helps you map out possible career paths and options.
The building blocks of a simple career plan are:
Definition (The What)
Timeline (The When)
Roadmap (The How)
Location (The Where)
Identity (The Who)
Assuming time and resources were not a limiting factor, and all external expectations and pressure were eliminated:
What would you really want to do?
What would you aspire to do?
What do you see yourself doing in the future?
Assuming you have absolute clarity on what it is you really want to do:
How long will it take you to achieve it?
How much time will you need for preparation?
How long will it take you to develop the skills you require?
Assuming you know what you really want to do and how long it will take:
What are the steps you need to take to achieve your career goals and how are they sequenced?
What will you need to do before you can achieve your career goals ?
How will you get the training you require? Do you require an internship, undergraduate, post graduate or advanced graduate study program?
Assuming you know what you really want to do, how long it will take and how
you want to achieve it:
Where will you express your aspirations?
Where will you put your acquired skill or training to use?
Where will you get the training you require? Where do you see yourself when you achieve your career goal?
Assuming you know what you really want to do, how long it will take, how you want to achieve it and where you will express it:
Why does this career fit your career identity?
Why does it fit who you are?
Why does it match your passion and purpose?
Achieving career confidence comes from deliberately seeking answers to the
Who am I?
How do I know what career I want?
How do I know what career would be the best possible fit for me?
How do I actually go and get that job?
How do I know this job aligns well with my ultimate dream lifestyle?
Career confidence can be discovered by doing the following:
List all tasks that come easily to you in current or past work assignments.
Circle all the things you actually like to do – the ones that make you feel good and that you actually enjoy doing e.g. if you are great at logistics but hate it, you are forbidden to circle it.
Ask people you trust and respect what they think you excel at.
Write their feedback down.
Look at your last performance review (or appraisal), figure out what you like about what your boss, manager or superior said about you.
Do more of what makes you feel good.
Career confidence can be developed or grown by using two simple vehicles of
Exercises: Activity intended to achieve a particular purpose.
Strategy: A plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim.
Focus for a whole day on you.
Map out your career strategy.
Shift to a mindset that helps you grow and progress.
Develop a career transformation action plan tailored and written for you that will give you actions to keep you on track for the next 6 months.
Get clarity on behaviour and skills you need to feel confident and have real impact at work.
Identify beliefs and fears holding you back.
Focus on 3 specific skills and behaviours that will make a huge impact on your career fulfillment and future.
Identifying these basic things will help you have confident on any chosen career.
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