Many people spend most of their time at work, yet feel as if they’re stuck in their jobs. According to Candice Clark, an HR consultant who started doing career coaching three years ago, people need to have clarity to know the direction their career is going in. What’s important, she says, is being fulfilled and being part of a company where you can experience great success.
Success, she says, can be defined in monetary terms and being upwardly mobile in the company. “Career clarity is knowing this is it,” she says.
Destiny Connect (DC): Why is it important to know what direction your career should take?
Candice Clark (CC): There is a broad range of wellness outcomes attached to being in a career you find both fulfilling and experience immense success in. Being clear on your career direction seeps confidence and happiness into a huge part of our lives. Who doesn’t want that?!
I’ve found with my clients that once they are clear on their career direction, they exude this amazing balance between confidence and deep inner peace.
DC: How can people gain greater direction?
CC: This is not something that is achieved overnight, but several sessions with a career coach or talent development professional can certainly get you started on the right direction. Essentially, it is about knowing where your skills and passions intersect, and then matching that back to the right career path. For example, what do you love to do and what do you feel you’re competent at? That group of work-related activities is your first clue.
DC: Can it be a hinderance – if so, how?
CC: I’ve yet to see career clarity have any detrimental effect. All it does is support you in having a very clear picture of where you should be heading, so you make conscious career decisions. Let’s be real: there is no perfect job. But there is a job that is going to be an 80% fit for you! Then you go into that job knowing exactly where you match it and where you don’t.
DC: Some people do have many talents and change jobs a lot. What advice can you give them?
CC: If someone has moved jobs a lot, I would always dig a bit deeper into why this is the case. Once we get to the root of it, we can tackle it proactively. There is sometimes just really bad luck with roles and companies that didn’t pan out, but for the most part there’s usually something we can work on together to get them into a role they feel they can stick out for a little while longer.
Some people do have many talents, and being multi-talented is a wonderful thing!
However, these multi-talents have broad themes and links, and those are what we focus more on in getting clear on your career direction.