Some weeks ago, we began a short series on Career Direction. The tips in this series will help you to gain good clarity for career decisions, especially if it involves a major career change or advancement.
In the last post, we looked at the role of Prayer. Today, we’ll be addressing the topic of ‘Skills’. Taking stock of the skills that you have is a big deal when it comes to making career decisions.
A skill is a special ability or expertise that you acquire by formal or informal training and practice. It is the most important factor in any career. Your skills may come from the practice of your talent or natural ability or from deliberate learning.
There are three important ways that the knowledge of your skills will help you in your quest for career direction:
1. You will have an idea of just what you can do and where you fit in. The most basic requirement for any career or promotion is skill. If you know the skills that you have, you will know the kind of work you can do.
2. You will understand how and where you fit in the world of work. This way, you’ll have an idea of which direction to turn. You will increase your level of confidence. Skillfulness equals proficiency and competence. As you take stock of your proficiency in certain skills, you will become more confident in your abilities and what you have to offer a potential client, customer, employer or boss. This will help you as you take steps or make changes in your career.
3. You will know how to get better. Having an idea of what you can do will help you to make the right decisions on where to focus your development efforts. If you have a specific career in mind and you know the set of skills required for that career, knowing what you do have will help you to determine if you can be effective in that career. You will also know the specific skills you need to go and learn or acquire to help you to function optimally in your desired career.
There is hardly anyone without some kind of skill, regardless of its level of proficiency. Your technical skills and people skills combine to make you a unique individual and understanding them will help to make your career decisions easier. Next week, we’ll discuss ‘Opportunities’.
**I explore the subject of skills more deeply in my upcoming book Create Your Ideal Career. This book also contains an exercise that can help you to discover your skills and rate your level of proficiency in them. 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.