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Finding the Right Career Path for You

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Career Counselling – Finding the Right Career Path for You

Have you ever wondered what it is like to find the right career pathway for you, to find your passion?

Over the last couple of weeks I have had the privilege to work with two such individuals.

The first soul whom cam to see me, came to have a Career Development Report produced.  The individual soul in question came to me with some firm ideas about what they wanted to do but at the end of the psychometric assessment process had their interest piques in a totally new area; you could say their perspective or awareness was awakened.  So much so that the individual soul telephoned me a copy of time before the delivery of their report and told me that they had discovered a firm interest in Primary Education as a result of the psychometric profiling session and had subsequently taken action and applied to university to do a bridging course in preparation for study next year; and now was just waiting to have the report delivered to put the final pieces of the puzzle into place.

The second soul whom came to see me, had already transitioned into her passion (new career) a couple of years before hand and sought help to prepare her employment documentation for the next strategic career move.

Interestingly both souls were in their 40’s, the first in their early 40’s the second in their late forties.

At a time when most of us can become stuck nay bogged down in our career and life, because of life circumstances and/our mindset. These two individual souls broke the glass ceiling or pushed their way through the mud and reached new peaks, dispelling fears about starting over and/or not gaining employment because they were “too old” they simply established their goals and moved forward with confidence, determination and vigour.

So looking back at both of these souls what are the 3 qualities they displayed and how can we learn from them Read More


Career Counselling: – Is your Career Counsellor legitimate?

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Searching for a Career Counsellor - Are you feeling overwhelmed and finding it difficult to determine if your preferred Career Counsellor legitimate? Find out how to compare and contract Career Counselling Service providers so you do not make a costly mistake.

Searching for a Career Counsellor – Are you feeling overwhelmed and finding it difficult to determine if your preferred Career Counsellor is legitimate? Find out how to compare and contract Career Counselling Service providers so you do not make a costly mistake.

 

I remember back in the early 2000’s when I first started my practice (then called HR Aspects) and commenced market research to compare and contrast my expertise and experiences with competitors of the time; the internet was still in it’s infancy and very few organisations advertised on Google.

Fast forward 15+ years and there are hundreds and thousands of career providers spruiking their services on Google alone claiming to be a Career Counsellor, Career Coach, Professional Resume Writer, Career Development Consultant, Specialist or Expert. Quite frankly, for the average individual looking for someone to help them with their career related queries or concerns it is very confusing – how can you possibly sort out what services you need and want if Read More


CDAA – NSW Committee Member; Katherine Foster – Blu Ripples

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CDAA - NSW COMMITTEE MEMBER; Katherine Foster - T/as Blu Ripples

CDAA – NSW COMMITTEE MEMBER; Katherine Foster – T/as Blu Ripples

 

Blu Ripples is proud to announce that Read More


Career Counselling: HELP ME PLEASE – I have no idea what I want to do!

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Career Planning - Help Me Please I Have No Idea What I Want To Do

Career Planning – Help Me Please I Have No Idea What I Want To Do

Before we start can you please go grab a piece of A4 paper or writing pad, a pen and highlighter.

Now draw a line down the middle of the page and write on the top left hand side “Enjoyment” and on the right hand side “Dislike”.

Moving forward, I want you think about every hobby that you have ever tried, had an interest in or tried and disliked since childhood (let’s start from 6 years of age inclusive) and write the corresponding hobby in the Enjoyment or Dislike column.  It is important that you do not stop, think and analyse every entry just let it flow.

Upon undertaking this exercise, you may find you repeat yourself a few times – this is OK don’t pay too much attention to this yet.

So now you have completed both the Enjoyment and Dislike columns I want you to leave the list alone and go and have a 10-15 minute coffee break and come back to it.

Welcome back, now I want you to take 10 minutes or so to review and analyse the lists.

  • What are the common themes that seem to be repeating themselves?
  • Can you group the common themes together for example Sports, Animals, Collections, Home-making, Art etc.

You may wish to use your highlighter to highlight the areas that keep repeating themselves.

So what did you find? What are your top 3 groups?

Your top 3 key groups (both Enjoyment and Dislike) are strong indicators of your personal preference.

Finally, upon review and analysis of your top 3 key groups can you identify any key sub-themes for example.  If you loved playing sports common themes may include: –

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Team Work
  • Social Interaction
  • Commitment & Discipline
  • Communication Skills

So how does this apply to my Career?  Think about it – do you really want to sit in an office all day by yourself with minimal contact with clients or colleagues or would you prefer a job that saw you out and about for example a sales representative, outdoor motivational trainer, personal trainer, trades professional etc.

Finally, remember to analyse your disinterest side also as the common themes here will give you a clear picture of what you do not like and subsequently what to stay away from.  This is particularly helpful if you are going to review job advertisements, job guides and descriptions as it allows you to analyse what percentage of the role incorporates these areas of disinterest and allows you to question yourself for example can you really cope with this area as a part of the position or is this area a non-negotiable aspect for you?  Only you can answer this.  Remember to be truthful with yourself for you are only fooling yourself if you are not.

 

 


Career Counselling: What role does personality play in our career?

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Career Planning and Development – What role does your personality play in career?

It could be argued that ones personality plays an instrumental role in not only our career selection but our advancement up the corporate ladder.  Thus, one perceives it to be imperative to not only understand our own personality but also with those we work with.

So, how do we determine our personality type?

Most of us will learn this through trial and error, listening to others perceptions and analysing our own.  It can literally take a life time this way.

But there is an easier way.

As a qualified Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) practitioner (QMBTI) one is able to administer and analyse a psychological type instrument that will indicate 1 of 16 possible personality (Type) outcomes.

Broken down into four (4) key areas

  1. Extroversion     V         Introversion
  2. Intuition             V         Sensing
  3. Thinking           V         Feeling
  4. Judging            V         Perceiving

The unique combination of each area will provide a detailed insight into how you prefer to communicate and interact in both your professional and personal life.  Imagine the benefits of knowing how to communicate with your boss or client in a way that is beneficial and meaningful for them.  Would that not increase your personal productivity and efficiency which could subsequently equate to an increase in career development and advancement opportunities.

 


Career Counselling: Making the Dream happen! (Part 2)

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Dream Believe Create Succeed – You Can Do It; Katherine Foster 2009

 

There is an old saying that “Life is what you make it”.  Thus, life is about ideas and concepts and putting them into action so that we can make our dreams a reality.  Thus, ones question to you is Read More


Workplace Counselling: Balancing Work and Life (Part 2)

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Blu Ripples Career Counselling Services – Helping you balance work and life

Let’s begin by breaking the Work Life Balance concept down into a simple formula.  That is, Read More


Career Counselling: What path should I take?

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There is an old saying that states “that what we think we want to do (an usually study for) when we leave school is not necessarily what we will end up doing when we are 25, 35, 55 or beyond for that matter”.

Careers Counselling is about helping you identify and explore what YOU want to do with your professional life not what others perceive you SHOULD do.

Why is this so important?  Well in my opinion there are two (2) good reasons: –

1. Your career helps you achieve your dreams; and
2. 30-40 years is a long death sentence if you are stuck in a job or profession you hate – it literally sucks the life out of you instead of providing inspiration and motivation.

Let Blu Ripples help you find your path; contact us today.