Lyndsay Swinton wrote:
Welcome to the forum and thank you for your post.
Yes, I have given career advice before and I'll give the same advice to you as I would to most people - I'm afraid it's back to the drawing board for you! Your answers to the thought provoking questions seem rushed and non specific, so go through the questions again, more slowly, and with a bit more convinction. There will be skills and experiences that you have that are unique to you, not as "possessed by the majority of the population". (Would you write this on your CV?
Thank you for the welcome and for being prepared to follow through on my non-specific responses. As you may have guessed, I am frustrated. Skillwise, I'm not too concerned about that at this stage. Just assume, I'm above average on the population graph. More interested in passion in emotion and where my heart lies. This is area of my frustration.
Draw 3 overlapping circles - skills, passions, life aims. The overlapping bit in the middle is what I can't work out - skills are as clear as day but the passions bit is murkier than murk. Don't want to me in an area where I'm utilising my 'developed' skills if this is at the expense of passion. Unless of course, its £megabucks p/a.
Lyndsay Swinton wrote:
How can I do that if I don't know what industry you are interested in
Seriously, there is generic advice on all the big job hunting sites e.g. Monster which may give you the specifics you are after.
If you are truely stuck about what field to work in, maybe get in contact with a careers advice centre and do a profiling test. This is usually a series of questions about your likes and dislikes and will give back a range of suggested fields to work in.
Done all that and more. Still none the wiser.
The Head of People Development at my organisation ran down the corrider screaming after my MBTI test. The woman from the Careers Centre was useless along with her computer program:-
Her: What are your hobbies?
Me: Er, dunno. I spend time on my PC and I like gizmos and gadgets. I like tennis and football too.
Her: Well, you're not probably not good enough to be an pro tennis player or football player. How about going into IT?
* prints out a load of IT job vancanies *
Me: Thinks 'f***. I hate all this itty bitty data and logic computer science stuff'
The PC from the 2nd Careers Centre printed out about 100 jobs anything from agricultural scientist to hairdresser. The Parachute book was basic beyond belief, the websites are interesting but focus more on areas that people have already decided on. Martha Beck's book is brilliant but I'm stuck in one of the sections, so can't quite move on to the next stage.
A key part of the jigsaw is still missing. Can't figure it what.