In my last blog, I introduced the concept of Authentic Vocation and discussed some of the underlying elements of this notion. This week I will introduce the remaining elements which contribute to that ideal scenario.
As a reminder, the definition of an authentic vocation is one which uncovers your inner motivations and helps you to make the shift towards a career that is aligned with your dreams and passions. If you are going to be working for up to fifty years of your life, then it might as well be doing something which gives you satisfaction and accords with your values and hopefully your passions.
That won’t be the same job throughout of course, because work places will change, some jobs will disappear and others will evolve, and your interests and skills will also evolve and changeover that period.
So last blog I briefly covered your Life Purpose, your Values, your Motivators and Interests and your Knowledge Base. The remainder of this discussion builds on the concepts that were presented and which all contribute to understanding your Authentic Vocation.
Work and other experience. Career paths don’t necessarily follow a linear line, but each role may be a stepping stone to another, building on existing skills but in a different field. It is important to consider both paid and unpaid work when considering what will be viable experience. You may be surprised at the variety of skills that you have if you take the time to make a list.
Job/Career targets. With an audit completed of job skills, interests and values to hand, you can then consider potential jobs or careers that would be compatible with your analysis. These opportunities are based on and rely on the information gleaned from your previous research.
Work environment. The work environment can refer to the geographic location but also the culture of an organisation, the size, the compensation and opportunities for advancement and the particular industry in which the role is positioned. These factors will all impact on the relevance of a role within an authentic career and whether or not you can seriously consider it.
Business reality. There are additional factors which will influence the availability of a job, and they relate to the economic environment, market forces, political factors and associated external factors. These are issues over which a coachee will have little or no control. There will also be factors such as the fit between the candidate and the role and its requirements.
If you are thinking of creating your own job by starting up a new business, then market research will uncover other relevant issues, such as the presence of competitors, market demand and future prospects.
Reviewed collectively, the various elements will assist each person to identify their life purpose, which although it may evolve with time, will lead them towards the most favourable career for them. This assessment can be utilised by anyone, regardless of the length of their working career. Because the inputs are individually tailored, the results will also be unique to each individual.
Authentic Vocation refers to a career or life activity which accords with one’s values, core beliefs, passions and provides the most meaning for that person. The overall objective is finding a career or vocation that is both rewarding and fulfilling. By rewarding, I mean both financially as well as mentally.
That’s not too much to ask.
What steps have you taken in finding your authentic career? You can leave comments below.
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