The essence of any career strategyYour CPD foundation and forerunner of Reverse Engineer Mapping is to conduct job demarcationsImplying that self- and job knowledge should be well integrated and calibrated. using the following as basic guidelines to refine and tweak your dream career strategy, by identifyingRemember: identifying jobs that are either suitable or unsuitable, source from a reliable and authentic personal SWOT-analysis, NOT the opinions, views and ideas of other people. The latter should be considered, but shouldn't direct or steer job demarcations. different job opportunities that are…

  1. …meaningful and helping others to solve the problems that they either experience or are confronted with (i.e. the key reason for getting paid in the first place).
  2. …incorporating abilities that you really good at (i.e. specialized knowledge and the main reason why people want to buy your services).
  3. engaging, allow for autonomous decision making, purposeful tasks, frequent feedbacks and expose you to a variety of challenges.
  4. …allowing you the freedom to work with people and colleagues that you get along with.
  5. …meeting your basic professional needs, such as fair compensations (e.g. a salary) and reasonable working hours.
  6. …well balanced with your personal life.
  7. exchanging value, which is much more than merely transferring money from one person to another.

When you don't consider and integrate the above basic principles as part of your future career strategy, inevitably you will become an excellent candidate to be replaced by the automation of processes and procedures. Judging by modern day technological developments and changes taking place, it is something that will happen much sooner rather than later, unless you have something more to offer and contribute to the modern work place, i.e. something that cannot be replaced by an “intelligent”-application such contextual understanding, troubleshooting and “breaking-new-ground” problem solving with due consideration to possible consequences of decision made and actions taken.

To better understand the significance and implication of the above bottomline-warning, please watch the following TED-talk video clips…


Step 1 - Vision

Using the dream career basics as a point of departure to contextualize and describe each one to integrate with what you have learned/discovered from your SWOT-analysis as follows…

  1. What do you regard as being meaningful activities when helping others. Please bare in mind that - no matter what you do - work activities (i.e. a job) only have real significance when the outcome or result serve a purpose for others. Tip: your professional GPS and value statement are valuable sources of reference.
  2. Describe what are you really good at. In other words: How well can you deal with people? (i.e. avoid or solve conflict); How well can you explain your point view and ideas? (i.e. convince or persuade others); How creative are you? (i.e. trouble shooting, novel problem solving and critical thinking); How well can you investigate things? (i.e. exploring, conducting research and discover something) How organized and systematic are you? (i.e. following a routine and/or keeping things organized) and How well can you implement and take action? (i.e. follow through and get things done). Tip: symbiosis of your archetype and habitat.
  3. Indicate what energize you to take action or become involved with activities.
  4. Indicate the triads, temperament and archetypes of the people that you prefer to work with.
  5. Define your professional minimum standards, specifically how much money and your materialistic expectations.
  6. Define your personal minimum standards, specifically focusing on present and/or future family life and social interactions.
  7. What kind or type of value would you like to contribute, or do you prefer to rather work for the money only.
  8. Extent your dream career list of criteria by adding your own.

To describe, indicate and define conclusionsWhat will work the best for you as a unique individual. your career path vision, use the following question to guide your thinking…

  • What have you found most fulfilling in the past?
  • What have you found least fulfilling in the past?

Step 2 - Mission

What's the most important career resources that you already have to your disposal? What is the critical professional resources that you are presently lacking? This will help you to figure out where you'll perform best, and what your possible gaps might be. When dealing with these two aspects of your professional life (i.e. CPD) take the following into consideration, your professional…

  • …technical and transferable skills (i.e. your professional target in terms of generalist-specialist and Independent-Team player).
  • …knowledge and understandings (i.e. workplace requirements, needs, dynamics, challenges and present and/or future developments or expected changes).
  • …archetype (i.e. how to enhance strengths and manage weaknesses).
  • …network and connections, considering what you have and what you will probably need.
  • …credentials (e.g. degrees, certificates, unique achievements, exceptional performances).
  • …runway required to take off (i.e. financial resources and time frame to obtain objectives and/or achieve your goals).

When you're get stuck with your career path mission…

  • Identify and list five achievements (successes) you're most proud of, and determine what they have in common (i.e. pinpoint the similarities).
  • Identify and list five bitter disappointments (failures) still haunting you to this day, and determine what they have in common (i.e. identify the similarities).
  • Compare the two list (successes achieved & disappointments experienced), and determine how and in what way these two lists differ from one another (i.e. analyze the differences).

Step 3 - Legacy

What workplace problems - related to your selected career path and strategy - do you regard as most pressing and difficult to address? Briefly explain why you think these problems persist and what can you possibly contribute to either address or solve them (i.e. what is the professional reputation that you would like to establish for yourself).

Actually, you can start building you professional legacy (i.e. reputation) much sooner than you think or realize, specially when you consider what employers are really looking for.

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  • Last modified: 03 February, 2018 @ 6:04pm
  • by Jan Viljoen