A few weeks ago, we started a short series on Seeking Career direction and we began to share simple and effective tips that will be very helpful for you if you’re in need of direction in your career. In the last couple of posts, we discussed the role of prayer and the advantages of knowing your skills.
In this post, we’ll be looking at Opportunities. Taking advantage of opportunities is especially important for those who need to get started on their careers or those who desire a career change and who have practically no idea of where to turn. Getting started in any opportunity you find can help you in your desire for career direction.
When you have an idea of the skills you have, the next thing would be to find or be available for the opportunities that fit your skills. Here are three ways to be proactive about opportunities:
One: Tell your contacts. Make a list of your contacts and let them know that you are available for new opportunities. Let them know the skills that you have, and your preference for either an employment, short-term project or a business opportunity. If people do not know what you can do or that you’re available to do it, they will not remember you when an opportunity comes along.
Two: Look around you for open positions. You will need to take some initiative. If you’re inclined towards a certain field or project, there may be volunteer opportunities available. You can also look around for job vacancies that match the skills that you have. If you’re already employed in an organisation, keep your eyes open for opportunities that may arise in other departments or levels within the same organisation.
Three: Look around you for needs or problems. Since you already know the skills and competencies that you have, look around you for the direct needs and problems that your skills can meet or solve. This can be a direct project or business opportunity for you.
Remember that when it comes to career direction, taking advantages of opportunities is a way of moving forward, even when you did not specifically plan for those opportunities. As long you know what you can do, keeping yourself open for opportunities will help your career possibilities.
**Did you know: My upcoming book Create Your Ideal Career gives you a guide on how to discover and create the work that is purposeful, passionate and personally-suitable for you. If you would like to get this book or you would like more information, please visit www.TinukemiOlaoye.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.