In work but it's not the career for you? Want something more rewarding, or something that offers you more time for yourself or security? How do you go about what else you could do? Here are a few tricks to help you understand what you might be able to do instead. 

What am I Looking for in a Career?

Think about what the most important attributes to a career are for you. Most fall under these seven categories, and what’s most important to you will depend on your circumstances and personality. They are:

  • the enjoyment of day-to-day work
  • the impact on others and society
  • life outside work, for example being able to live in the place you choose, having a short commute and family life
  • gaining security & earning money
  • using your current skills, abilities and talents
  • developing your skills, abilities and talents

What have you got in your current career and what would you like to have more of? 

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Your Vocational Personality

If you have joined iShine (please do so if not!) we asked you a few questions based on the Holland Occupational Themes. This categorises individuals into two of six vocational personalities and understanding which ones you are might be insight into thinking about the right career for you:

Realistic (Doers)

People who like to work with things. They approach problem solving by doing something, rather than talking about it, or sitting and thinking about it. They also prefer concrete approaches to problem solving, rather than abstract theory. Finally, their interests tend to focus on scientific or mechanical rather than cultural and aesthetic areas.

Investigative (Thinkers)

People who prefer to work with data. They like to think and observe rather than act, to organise and understand information rather than to persuade. They also prefer individual rather than people oriented activities.

Artistic (Creators)

People who like to work with ideas and things. They tend to be creative, open, inventive, original, perceptive, sensitive, independent and emotional. They rebel against structure and rules, but enjoy tasks involving people or physical skills. They tend to be more emotional than the other types.

Social (Helpers)

People who like to work with people and who seem to satisfy their needs in teaching or helping situations. They tend to be drawn more to seek close relationships with other people and are less apt to want to be really intellectual or physical.

Enterprising (Persuaders) 

People who like to work with people and data. They tend to be good talkers, and use this skill to lead or persuade others. They also value reputation, power, money and status.

Conventional (Organisers) 

People who prefer to work with data and who like rules and regulations and emphasise self-control. They like structure and order, and dislike unstructured or unclear work and interpersonal situations. They also value on reputation, power or status.

What are your vocational personalities? Do you have them in your current career? Use iShine to find out what vocational personalities the careers you like the idea of involve. 

Asking your friends and family

What people ask you what you think you are good at, it's often hard to give an answer. It's likely that the best judge will be people that know you well and the best way to find out what you are good at is to ask your friends, family and colleagues what they think your strengths are. 

You can think about soft skills such as: 

  • Problem Solving
  • Persuading 
  • Inspiring Others
  • Empathising 
  • Working in a team
  • Leading a team
  • Communicating
  • Presenting
  • Writing
  • Networking
  • Explaining
  • Creating New Ideas

And also think about your specific skills you have such as:

  • Programming
  • Design
  • Statistics

Feel free to come up with ideas beyond this list. When you’ve got a clearer picture of what you are good at, what skills do you enjoy using? Are there some that you've become proficient at through practise but don't enjoy, such as networking or presenting? What skills would you like to use more in the future and what would you like to improve?

Working Day

Ask yourself about your current job - what is it that you enjoy about it? This could be anything from the having to overcome specific challenges, managing others, developing new activities or improving sales targets. Do these use skills that have been developed over a long time, or are you challenged at every opportunity? What part of your working day would you like to do more of in the future?