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Identifying Potential Careers by Leveraging Your Skills and Interests

careers next exit blue sky clouds sign highwayJob searching can be a stressful process.  Think about how hard it would be to find a job if you didn’t know what you were looking for.  Imagine logging on to a job search website, selecting “Browse All Jobs,” and searching through pages and pages of jobs, of which you might find one or two reasonable offers.  Now, think about how much easier it would be if you knew exactly what kind of job you wanted.

What I’d like to discuss today is leveraging your skills (and interests) from your Professional Portfolio and learning how to turn them into potential money making opportunities.  Identifying and analyzing potential careers is the most important aspect of your Professional Portfolio.  Yes, it’s great that you know what you’re good at or what motivates you, but all that stuff is useless if you don’t know how to use it.  Following the guidelines below, you can put together a list of potential careers that will help you prepare for uncertain times.  It’s as easy as answering the following questions.

1. What?

What is the career you have identified?  What types of job titles are associated with this career?

2. Why?

Why would you want this career?  Why would you be good at this career?

3. Where?

Is this a career you would have to move for?  Or is this something you could do from home?

4. When?

When would you be prepared to start this career?  Do you need additional training or experience before you would be qualified?

5. Who?

Who can you talk to about this career?  Who can help you get into a career like this?

6. How?

If you were to lose your job this week, how would you go about getting into this career?  This is the most important question because it identifies your plan.

Now that we have the guidelines under our belts, I’m going to start blogging three times per week.  Starting this week, I will be adding a new category of posts called Potential Careers.  These posts will provide you with my own personal examples of how to properly use the guidelines above to prepare for uncertain times by engaging in Professional Diversification.

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  1. April 14, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Eric, you hit the nail on the head. I know that I am good at some things and not so much at others but narrowing my focus as to what I want to do has been mind boggling to say the least.

    I look forward to following your next posts! Miriam

    • April 14, 2011 at 9:54 PM


      Thanks for commenting on this post. Don’t worry too much about narrowing your focus. The point is to broaden your focus. Give yourself options and try not to limit yourself. Remember, the possibilities are endless.


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