Career block is like a form of writers block. Just like writers block can hinder your career so can having a career block problem. Career block can cause serious issues and you can get stuck not knowing where your career future is headed. Everyone wants to use their talents and would love to work in a field where they can progress in to achieve the status of what they may call success. What do you do when you do not know what to do with your career or know where it is going? Who can you talk to about this problem? You do not want to jump from job to job but you also do not want to stay stuck in a dead end situation. What are you interested in what gets your juices flowing? Some say they are simply in it for what the money can do for them and not the enjoyment of the job. What if the money does not motivate you? What if you really want something fulfilling that will help you learn and grow? How can you possible know where you want to go if you don’t know how to get there? I often wonder how many people are doing a job because it makes money or because their parents wanted them to do it as oppose to doing a job the love. Or you may even be doing it because someone else thought you would be good in this area so you decide to go for it. If you are dealing with any of these issues there are some things you can do to overcome this syndrome.
There are tests you can take to help you determine what areas are best to utilize your transferrable skills. Some of these tests are free and there are also some that cost. One Web site that you can go to determine what industry you would be good in is http://careerpath.com/career-tests/ this Web site is a part of MSN.com under the Career& Jobs section. The site offers at least three types of test that are free and gives you information about the career paths you should follow. If you want more detailed information than what is provided you can pay a fee to get more information. The cost is not much and the information could be priceless. Another tool you can utilize would be to read career books. One particular book I have purchased is “What Color is Your Parachute?” by Richard Nelson Bolles. This book gives extensive information about different career paths there also are quizzes you can take as well. Talking with career counselors can also help you with your career decision they are available at most college campuses and some employment agencies. You can also request informational interviews from people in different career areas that you may be interested in. These people will be more than happy to provide you with information on their career as long as you are not trying to solicit a job. The information will be helpful to you because it can give you an idea on what it takes to get where they are. There is also a Web site www.SCORE.ORG that you can log on to help you with career advice. These are retired veterans in different industries that volunteer their time as mentors to people that want to make a change or just starting out in their career.
If you recognize your talents and know what industry you would like to be in, you can research that area. Get as much information as you can in the field you would like to work in. Most people are concerned about whether they can make the same pay or more than their current job. Money is important when you have bills to pay but there is an old saying that goes “if you are doing what you love the money will follow.”
These are just a few techniques on different ways to help you conquer your Career Block Syndrome and get started working in a career you love.