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How to plan your career

My 15 year old daughter Charley recently used a profiling tool through her school, to help her start thinking about what she may want to do after she finishes high school.

Anyone who knows me well, knows I like profiling tools. What I really liked about this one is the combination of dimensions. It looked at Aptitudes, Aspirations, Personality, Priorities and Study Interests. This is the equivalent of LSI, Myer Briggs, Strengthsfinder + a few more all rolled together!

As we went through Charley's profile, I began to think about how different her experience or work and careers will be. As a Gen Z'er, it's predicted she will work more than 18 jobs spanning six careers. I think this is undercooked!

Gen Z will be able to describe "life before COVID, and life after COVID." They are part of a world which is colliding with extreme change, and as a result there is rapid reinvention at accelerating speeds.

All of the profiling data highlighted she has many options, but rather than giving her clarity, it made her more confused. As she looked through her profile with uncertain eyes, I squeezed her arm and said "don't think about what you want to do 5, 10 or 20 years from now. Just focus on knowing who you are, and who you want to be. The rest will naturally sort itself out."

I stopped after I said it and thought "isn't this great advice for myself? Isn't this great advice for everyone?"


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