Take Stock of Skills When at Career Crossroads
"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius, Chinese philosopher
If you are faced with a crossroad in your career, consider carefully what your options are, and how full your basket of skills is. Hopefully it is overflowing!
So often we do not give ourselves enough credit for the myriad broad-based business skills we have accrued along our career path.
Take for example teaching, a profession that provides a good background for people to successfully move from one career into many others.
Teaching is a profession that harnesses many skills, such as interacting with people of all ages (colleagues, parents and children). It allows you to work with groups of diverse people, to show authority, utilises time-management skills, organisation and delegation skills, public speaking, assimilation and delivery of knowledge, report compilation, inspiring others etc.
One very important technique that would have to be learnt by a teacher moving into a more entrepreneurial environment is how to be a self-starter, as teachers work within many given boundaries.
These include a predictable calendar of three or four terms, a structured working day (sometimes loudly demarcated with bells!) and a prescribed syllabus. An educator would therefore need to carefully analyse his or her skills before considering a career change. …