Wednesday, February 05, 2014

What to do When You Grow Up? How do You Know What’s Best for Your Career?

How Careers Get Started

People get started on their career paths in a variety of different ways. 

A friend from college earned a degree in Biology.  He proceeded to medical school and today he is a doctor.

A roommate from college earned an accounting degree.  He worked in public accounting for a few years and then went to seminary to become a youth pastor.  The youth pastor career didn't last long.  He is now a controller in an insurance company.

Some career starts are as simple as a guy who knows a guy who agrees to interview the first guy’s friend and there is chemistry.  There is no rhyme or reason for this career start other than somebody knew somebody who needed somebody to work for them.

I’ve encountered countless IT and Information Security professionals who went to school to pursue music.  Somewhere along the way, I suspect they discovered that there aren't many professional well-paying jobs in music so they landed in a technology career.

Over 25 years of recruiting, I’ve seen people make job changes over and over again with no particular strategy in mind.  It seems that they’re most often either moving away from something bad or hoping that they’re moving towards something better.  Because there was no strategy in mind, the hope for something better quickly diminishes and they’re on the market looking for another job again.

What if You Could Know?

What if you could know for sure that you’re making the right strategic career move? The work we do at Security Career Coach is that of helping technology professionals to determine what they should be doing professionally and more importantly, why they should do what they choose to do.

It isn’t magic but it takes a little work.  The coaches on the Security Career Coach team are all gifted to deliver coaching.  That means that in addition to having over 20 years of experience to draw upon and having certifications around coaching, the Security Career Coach coaches are coaching because doing so aligns with their strengths.

Seriously?  The Right Career Move?

Continuous research in the US conducted by the Gallup organization suggests that on average, 30% of the workforce is actively engaged by 70% is not engaged.  Are you part of the 30% or the 70%.  You could be part of the 30% if you invested time to learn about your individual talents and strengths. 

Once you know and understand your strengths, the next step is to align your strengths with the appropriate career position.

What happens when an individual is actively engaged in their life’s work or when they're not engaged?  

From Gallup:
“Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company.  They drive innovation and move the organization forward”
“Not-Engaged employees are essentially “checked out”.  They’re sleepwalking through their workday, putting time—but not energy or passion—into their work.”
“Actively Disengaged employees aren't just unhappy at work, they’re busy acting out their unhappiness.  Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.”
What we've discovered with our coaching clients is that when they begin to understand their strengths and take action to align their strengths with their work, their personal job satisfaction increases, their contributions to the business that are recognized by others increase and their earning capacity or “Personal Stock Value” increases.

How About You?

You get one chance to live your life.  Doesn't it make sense to slow down long enough to determine how to align your life’s work with your natural hard-wired talents and strengths? 

People go to chiropractors to get their body properly aligned. We help our clients to get their strengths aligned with their career choices.  Once career alignment has been achieved, the next step is that of calibrating one’s career performance. 

"Thanks for the career coaching today.  This was honestly one of the best 90 minutes I've ever invested in my entire life"
"CoreClarity eliminates the fog in one's mind.  I'm very much aware of my strengths now.  What this process helped me with was making my big picture and my career direction much more clear.  I can now put a context around things that weren't entirely clear to me before."
How may we help you?'s Security Recruiter Blog