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October 31, 2010
Career planning is probably one of the most difficult decisions I have to make in my life. That is why when I have heard about Career planning workshop I got very excited. I thought I might actually get some help with making sure I make a right decision. Here is what I have learned from it.
It is very difficult to find a perfect job especially with amount of opportunities you get these days! To begin with you have to be able to understand yourself, your needs, reflect your strengths and weaknesses. Once you have done that it is a good question to ask yourself: "Is there a career out there which can suite my needs?" If the answer is: "I'm not sure or don't know", it might be worth thinking about some sacrifices which have to be made. However, in my case I picked out 4 most essential things for my career(which in my opinion don't contradict with each other):
- A balanced personal and professional lifestyles; this is the most important point since I don't see the point working 24/7 and not having time to enjoy your life.
- Working in a stable, well-known organisation; I think it's important to work in a secure company and actually like what that company is doing.
- Providing a service to help others; I enjoy working with different people, sometimes it might be challenging but it's worth it.
- Being recognised as an expert in the field; I think everyone should do something they are actually good at, something they enjoy the most.
During the workshop I matched all these work values with a position I'm currently applying for internships - Auditor. Clearly, I can not be 100% sure it is my best choice, but I would like to get a work experience in this particular area and see for myself.
Another useful technique which I learned during the workshop was a technique of setting effective goals. I'm actually planning to implement this method in the next 1-2 months for my studies and applications for internships. I will have a special sheet on the wall where I will write down all my deadlines and important events. That way I can keep myself motivated in order to achieve my goals. I will also try to find as many people as possible who achieved similar goals. Thus I might learn something useful what will help to reach my targets.
In addition, I will keep attending more of personal and academic skills development workshops. Hopefully, it will help me with my future career.