Ruma was really excited she had finally reached the stage when her education was almost complete and she could get a real job a job that would pay a good salary, and gradually help her to fulfil her dreams. Campus interviews were going to begin from next month and she wanted to start planning her career. Just thinking of the kinds of jobs that she wanted to apply for filled her with anticipation.
A brief visit to the career counsellor had informed her that the preparation for the interview can be divided into five steps Self Awareness, Company Awareness, Anticipating Questions, Planning Answers & Practice Interviewing.
To begin with Ruma found it difficult to understand how an increased sense of self awareness would enhance her career satisfaction. Till she realised that even while pursuing one profession a person has the option of choosing the kind of job they want to do within that profession.
For example, you could be a doctor and you could either do private practice, do a 9 to 5 job, or do a research/teaching job in a medical college. The path that you will choose will depend on your personal values, goals, individual strengths and weaknesses.
But how could one enhance ones self awareness? Becoming more aware of one's personal values, goals, strengths and weaknesses can ensure that the job that you finally accept is going to fit your personal aspirations and you are likely to succeed in it.
Personal Values and Goals:
Each one of us has our own ideas about what we expect from life. Some of us want to acquire power, status and be influential, while others are keen to be service oriented and help other people. Some people require security and therefore seek employment which would give them steady income, while others want to lead a more adventurous life and therefore they may shun jobs that are too secure and stable.
While you are beginning to apply for jobs one of the first steps you need to do is, to identify your goals and prioritize them. This self analysis, preferably with the help of a counsellor can put you on the right track from the beginning.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
Apart from your life goals and values there is another essential component on which you need to do a reality check and that is your strengths and weaknesses. All of us have various skills and no matter how poorly you feel about yourself - no person in this whole wide world is without any skills. It is only a matter of identifying one's thrust areas.
Luckily for all of us no single job utilizes only a single category of skills, there is sufficient scope in all jobs to use a wide range of skills. But this knowledge of the self could help you in propelling your career in the direction you wish to go.
So How Can I Use This Self Awareness?
Before you begin the job hunting process spend some time with yourself, preferably take the help of a counsellor and develop a profile for yourself. These are the things I want in my life, these are my strengths, these are the areas I am better of avoiding. Once that process has started then you will be in a position of power to make sound decisions about your career.
While you are doing this entire self analysis you will find that the greater personal clarity you have the more confident you are in the interview. So do this introspection and see yourself get just the right job for yourself!