When I Grow Up…

From a very early age, I remember being asked “what do you want to do when you grow up?” or I would be telling others “when I grow up, I want to be…”  It was exciting to try on different professions!  I think I was everything from a nurse all the way through to a millionaire!

Of course, the answers I gave changed as I got older, as I got further through education, and as I got a better understanding of the world out there.

As I went through school, I struggled with art, wasn’t really interested in history or geography, but really enjoyed music and languages.

I never would have guessed that I would have a career in human resources with a specialisation in leadership development and that I would become a career coach to help others find their happiness and fulfilment.

So if I asked you today “what do you want to do when you grow up?” what would be your answer?  Are you in a job you love? Is there something else out there that might suit you better?  Do you know what that job is?

Here’s a little exercise you can do to get you thinking.  Start with getting out a blank sheet of paper or a notebook – please do this old school rather than digital!

  1. Write a list of your skills. What can you do?
  2. Write words that describe the kind of environment you want to work in.
  3. Write a list of the characteristics of the kind of people you want to be around.
  4. What inspires you?
  5. What do you enjoy doing?

You may begin to see some patterns emerge.  Use it to inspire your further.

Good luck!

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