When I meet work with my clients, many struggle to decide on their career paths. So many options and opportunities - How do you choose?
Start with the basic 6 questions - Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How?
I use these simple Starter Questions to get people to think about their career goals all the time.
For example, if you want to become a doctor, a scientist, a lawyer, a business owner – in most cases you’re going to need higher level degrees. But graduate schools only provide the What (what to know) and the How (how to do it) piece of the puzzle.
- Who do you want to serve? All professionals ultimately “serve” someone or a group of people. Who do you really want to serve? Is it children in poverty, is it teens going through life change, is it young adult couples starting to build their lives, is it retired people struggling to make it? Are they of a certain nationality, race, economic status, or have a particular type of struggle? Knowing who you want to serve allows you to specialize, refine and deepen your skills and become the best at what you do for the “whos” you do it for.
- Why do you want to serve them? Why serve them and not someone else? What’s your story of struggle or triumph, and how does it connect to theirs in a way that drives you to serve their needs? Why are you willing to fight for them?
Because when it comes down to it, jobs take up a ton of our days and lives, and if you want to stick to a career path long enough to make an impact, you'll need resilience. And that means you have to care - about the people you serve and the reason you serve them.
It's been said - "If you have a big enough Why then you can endure almost any How"! So if you can uncover a big enough reason to for your Who and Why, the What and How will be substantially easier to figure out. Get these questions answered for yourself and you won't walk away with a degree you didn't need, and a debt you can't pay, to be stuck in a job you don't love.
Need help figuring this all out? I'm here to serve you. Yes, you're my Who and my Why. :)