Evaluating Career Options & Crafting a Career Plan
A successful search process for Beth is likely to allow her to:
- Reflect on her own and choose just a few career options to research in depth.
- Look at her dreams, hunches, and off-the-wall ideas for clues about which career options to consider more deeply.
- Ask herself whether the possible career choices she has identified have more positives than negatives.
- Respond to new information, chance meetings, or spontaneous opportunities that keep her career search fresh.
A “yes” answer to these four questions suggests that a particular career option might be satisfying to Beth:
- Do people in this field value autonomy, independent work, and in-depth consideration of issues?
- Do people in this field value imagination, insight, and reaching toward an ideal future?
- Do people in this field value objectivity, critical analysis, and data?
- Do people in this field value freedom, adaptability, and openness?
feedbackIf a job or practice area doesn’t have these features, Beth will likely find it more difficult to get ahead. However, if she is aware of this and feels ready to handle the challenges that may come with her choice, she may very well make a special contribution through her unique approach to the job, practice area or field.
Practice new skills: Homework/In-Session Activity
Decision-Making Strengths and Blind Spots
- Show Beth the Z-Model Handout below, and call out that the processes she likely uses effectively (these are highlighted in blue).
- Ask Beth to pick out at least two items that most surprised her from the processes she is less likely to utilize.
- Have Beth create an action plan for applying these questions:
This can be homework or you can work on it together in the session.
- When I am selecting which careers to explore, I need to ask myself...
- When I am evaluating of the appeal of different careers, I need to ask myself...
- Encourage Beth to continue testing her assumptions about what makes for a good career by asking new questions about her career options.
- How does this career option take advantage of skills I already have?
- What direct experience do I need?
- What existing knowledge will I be able to apply?
- What is the customary entry point for this career?
- How does this career option stretch abilities I already have?
- What experiences of mine might be transferable?
- What new knowledge will I be able to obtain?
- What alternative entry points exist for this career?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of this career option?
- What reasons support choosing this career?
- What parts of this career would I find most challenging?
- How does this career promote competence?
- What are the most rewarding and most stressful aspects of this career option?
- Would choosing this career fit my values?
- What parts of this career would I find most meaningful?
- How does this career promote personal satisfaction?