Whether you plan to change your job or not, reviewing your skills is another important step toward finding a career that truly suits you and lets you shine.
Here’s my example.
I love writing, and I can write well (although I’m much better in my native language, Polish—you can read about my experiences in this post). That’s why I chose a career that involves a lot of writing. I also have good analytical skills, so I became an investment analyst, and I’ve been writing reports and comments for over a decade. Moreover, I wrote a book on investing that hasn’t fallen from a bestseller list in my country for 5 years.
This blog is based on my experiences, as well. I’ve made multiple travels each year for some 15 years. I believe that many people can follow my path and happily combine career and traveling.
I’m also aware of my flaws and shortcomings (for example, I’m not good at social media, and I struggle with a lack of patience or persistence). I’ve learned how to fight or accept my weaknesses, but there’s been a time when it was tough for me to admit to them. After a few poor career decisions, I realized that I need to start being honest about what I’m good and bad at.
Letting go of some beliefs about myself was painful at first, but it was liberating in the end.
It’s simple, just think of this example: if you can’t sing, you just won’t be an excellent professional singer. It would be hard for you to earn money this way, you’ll start doubting yourself, you’ll get frustrated—end of the story.
More than anything else about your career, you need to know what your strengths and weaknesses are. You need this knowledge not only to answer those boring, repetitive questions on job interviews but mostly to understand how to make conscious career choices.
When you let go of unrealistic dreams, you make room for other goals that will emphasize what’s best in you.
I wrote more about it here.
BTW, if you have trouble with pointing out your strengths and weaknesses, then do one more thing: