What would I really like to do if I could design my ultimate dream job? Think of all the components of a job that you would really like to do. Design that job description as well as the requirements needed for that role.
What do I definitely not want to do or what do I want to try to eliminate in a job? Think of a job you were in, in the past and why it made you did not enjoy it. Identify the components of the role you want to avoid in a future role.
What am I good at and really enjoy doing and why am I good at it? What makes me enjoy it? List all the competencies you feel you have mastered – technical hard skills you believe will have value to an employer or in your next venture.
What are my strengths? Add in some soft skills and identify them along with some tangible examples of where you developed these skills.
What am I passionate about? Think here of skills developed in your career you feel you could potentially share with others and consider how you could do that.
What do I want to continue to do? Identify what you believe will create a solid foundation for your next role and summarise your skill set.
What have I always wanted to do? This is an opportunity to potentially identify a skill gap or an area where you could develop new skills.
Write down all these thoughts and think of past examples where you can. Keep on track by avoiding any of those “how” questions keep on adding information.
The next step will then be to explore and test your ideas considering a whole host of aspects that will draw a realistic, practical and viable conclusion.
If you are in a fortunate position to now follow a path you are designing, this process will certainly create some clarity and hopefully a renewed spark and positive energy to take control of your career decisions.