Direct flights are not epic journeys
We often expect our career journeys to unfold like a direct flight: select your destination, invest some time and money, and you’ll arrive about when you expect to. We sometimes need to remind ourselves that the most memorable journeys are the ones that offer surprises along the way.
Perhaps you are:
We establish a set of parameters that can be used in planning and decision-making, rather than a singular goal.
- feeling directionless,
- unhappy with your current job,
- wondering if you are in the right career, or
- struggling to integrate your work and your life.
If any of those statements sound familiar, remind yourself that great careers rarely unfold like a direct flight. Indeed, it’s the unplanned detours and characters you meet that will make your career journey worth remembering someday.
Career assessment and a flexible plan can help
Much has changed since the last time you stopped to reflect upon your life’s direction. By now you know there’s no perfect job, but still you hope to find meaning and personal growth at work.
We lead clients through a process of discovery that is useful in career changes and job transition, and also essential to leadership development and performance enhancement. Analyzing your past performance can reveal patterns of achievement, satisfaction, and discontent. Discussing the challenges you face today can accelerate your learning.
Figuring out how to choose among imperfect but useful options helps you apply what you’ve learned, and keeps your career moving forward. All career assessment engagements will include a review of the following four components of career satisfaction: values, interests, motivated skills, and style. We utilize the following tools to help you explore: MBTI© Steps I & II, Strong Interest Inventory, Kerwin Values Survey, Dr. Mark Savickas’ Career Construction Interview, Appreciative Inquiry, LinkedIn, O*Net, Working Identity by Herminia Ibarra, Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, and Dr. John Krumboltz’ Career Happenstance Theory.
Of course, a dose of reality is also essential to create career strategies that lead to real-world success. That’s why our work on career visions concludes with the creation of a personal career choices scorecard. Inspired by author Kate Wendleton, the scorecard helps clients systematically analyze and evaluate career options against one’s own criteria.
Career Assessment & Planning Services
Following is a list of services available for clients interested in career exploration; these packages are often combined. Each client will receive a customized proposal based upon an initial exploration discussion.
All clients receive full access to our exclusive Career Resources Library.
At JWJ Consulting, coaching services are always tailored to the unique needs of each individual.
- Career Identity and Exploration
Clients explore their values, interests, motivated skills, and style using a combination of assessment tools and narrative activities. After creating a personal vision, assessment results are summarized on a career choices scorecard for use in decision making. Career research resources are provided, along with training on how to conduct informational interviews.
Typical timing: 4-8 meetings
- Career Research and Transition Planning
Clients who are ready for this service usually began working with us on Career Identify and Exploration, or have already engaged in self-assessment exercises and created a career vision. Clients work to define and segment their industries of interest, establish a target market transition framework for a job search or other transition, and create customized verbal value propositions for each market. Coaching through the research, informational interview, target market, and value proposition processes is provided,
Typical timing: 1-3 meetings
- Adapting to Your New Career
Some clients will continue working with a coach occasionally after landing their first position in a new career. Clients set the agenda and meet on an infrequent but regular basis. Typical topics of discussion include starting your new job, understanding organizational culture, redefining parameters for success, building relationships for mutual success, handling conflict, performance review preparation, and navigating internally.
Typical timing: monthly or quarterly