Tips for Achieving Career Clarity

June 12, 2023 | Career Coach

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Kadine Cooper
Kadine Cooper, one of the Career Coaches in Residence, shares her tips for getting career clarity.

Career clarity is an essential aspect of career development that is often overlooked. Understanding your strengths, interests, values and skills is necessary for choosing a career that aligns with your goals and aspirations. Without career clarity, it is easy to feel lost and uncertain about the direction of your career.

Here are ways to achieve career clarity.

Identify your strengths

Take the time to reflect on your strengths and talents. What are things you're good at? What comes naturally to you? What do others compliment you on? Identifying your strengths can help you understand what you bring to the table and what kind of work in which you would excel.

Determine your interests

Think about the things that you are passionate about. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? What subjects that fascinate you? What type of work would you find meaningful? Understanding your interests can help you find a fulfilling and enjoyable career.

Define your values

Your values are the principles that guide your decision-making. What is important to you? What do you stand for? What motivates you? Knowing your values can help you find a career that aligns with your beliefs and priorities.

Assess your skills

Think about the skills that you have developed through education, training and work experience. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? What skills would you like to develop? Knowing your skills can help you find a career that allows you to use your strengths and develop new ones.

Research career options

Once you better understand your strengths, interests, values and skills, research different career options. Talk to people in different fields, read about different professions and attend career fairs. Look for careers that align with your strengths, interests, values and skills. I often recommend Career Cruising to my clients. It is a great resource with career profiles and links to relevant Canadian college and university programs.

Get feedback

Getting feedback from others can be a valuable tool for achieving career clarity. Talk to friends, family, mentors, and colleagues about your strengths, interests, values and skills. Ask for their input on potential career paths.

Seek professional help

If you are still struggling to find clarity about your career, consider seeking professional help. A career counselor or coach can help you identify your strengths, interests, values, and skills, and guide you in finding a career that aligns with them.

Career clarity is essential for finding a fulfilling and rewarding career. By taking the time to identify your strengths, interests, values, and skills, researching different career options, and seeking feedback and professional help, you can achieve career clarity, and find a career that you love and aligns with your goals and aspirations.

Would you like to discuss your career goals? Book a free, one-on-one appointment with a Career Coach in Residence.

Post written by Kadine Cooper, 2023 Toronto Public Library Career Coach in Residence.

The Career Coaches in Residence program is generously supported by lead donors Azrieli Foundation and RBC Future Launch and supporting donors Linda Dagg and Kenneth Wiener and Ted Rogers Community Grants.

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