Are you having a truly remarkable career? Answering the 10 point test below can help you go from boring to truly remarkable in your career.
Are You Passionate About Your Career?
If you were passionate about your career at some point, but you no longer feel that way, don’t walk way. It is better for you to rekindle that passion than to start all over again in a new career.
If on the other hand, that passion was never there to begin with, do yourself a favor and change careers … because you probably choose the wrong career to begin with!
You must pass the passion test before you can have a truly remarkable career.
Are You Taking Advantage Of Your Strengths?
Your natural strengths and abilities must line-up with your career before you can perform at exceptional levels.
So, here is the question: do your personal abilities and strengths line up with that required for your career?
Do You Have A Vision For Your Industry?
Do you have an authentic vision for your industry or do you have ideas about how to make things better, faster, more productive, easier, etc?
Without an authentic vision or reason for being in an industry, you will find it hard to thrive in the long-run.
Are You Good At Your Job?
Compared to your colleagues who are doing similar jobs, are you good or below average?
If you are a conscientious worker and are doing the best that you can and yet, you find yourself falling behind, then you may simply be in the wrong occupation or job.
Does Your Career Match Your Values?
I became a career coach because of the value I place on helping professionals solve their toughest or most challenging career problems.
What about you, are you in-touch with your personal values and does your career align with those values or not?
Are You Comfortable With Your Social Setting?
Every career has a social setting. For example, the social setting for computer programmer careers is different from that of business analysts.
As a computer programmer, you must be comfortable working long hours on the computer without a lot of human interaction and as a business analyst, you must be comfortable with the very opposite of a programmer’s social setting.
Here is the question for you: are you comfortable with the social setting of your career or does it stress you out?
Have You Lost Your Direction?
You may fall behind because of a rapid pace of change in your industry, long periods of unemployment or some other reason.
When that happens, you may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, disoriented, confused or even depressed as you struggle to make sense of what you need to learn.
If that ever happens to you; don’t automatically assume that you are in the wrong career.
Instead, take a step back and come up with a study plan that allows you to catch-up with your industry over a several months (we prefer six).
Here is a question: Do you have a study or coaching plan that keeps you abreast of important changes in your industry?
Does Your Personality Match Your Career?
Does your personality match that of a typical professional in your industry?
Before you answer YES or NO: take a moment to read the article or post on “Personality Type”. After reading that reference article or resource, answer the question I asked you.
Here is the deal: if your personality does not match your career, you will probably end up with an unremarkable or boring career!
Are You A Quitter Or Just Plain Lazy?
Yes, you have to work very hard to succeed at your job, even when you are naturally talented at it!
What you really need to watch-out for is attitudes like over-confidence which preventing you working really hard.
And guess what. You cannot escape the requirement for hard-work by changing careers.
And … Do You Have A Plan?
Looking for a career that matches your personality / skills, etc. is not enough.
You must have a clear roadmap that with set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely) goals.
A roadmap is needed because your passion and strengths may not save your career, if you take wrong turn.
An example is what happened to a lot of passionate mainframe programmers who failed to predict where the software development industry was going, and because of that ended up with obsolete skills.
We can help you chart that roadmap through the various question and answer services (Q & A) that we provide on our various websites and through our career coaching / training curriculums.
In closing, I will leave you with my motto for this season of my life: “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday” … What Is Your Motto?