Being successful in your career is all about knowing who you are. Most career advice centers on the marketing aspects of career, such as how to write a CV, or present yourself in an interview. These are very important pieces of career advice, but to make them even more effective it’s important to spend time truly getting to know your strengths and what you can offer.
Determine Your Strengths
Your individual strengths are what make you unique. Sit down with a pen and paper and make a list of what you’re good at. Are you a problem solver? Idea generator? Are you good at analyzing numbers? Do you naturally comfort others or provide advice to friends and family? If you’re having trouble coming up with a list, think about the activities you’re drawn towards. What are the items you tackle first on your “To-Do” list? What do you do that others tell you, “You make it look so easy?” If you’re still having trouble, ask the people around you what they see. You might be surprised at the answers.
Focus on Developing Them
Society is good at telling us what we need to improve. Teachers, parents and other authority figures can be quick to point out our areas of development. But really, how much fun is it to focus on those activities we’re not naturally good at? It’s important not to ignore our weaknesses, but remember that what may be a weakness for you, could be a strength in someone else! Use your support system to achieve those things that may not be an area of talent for you, and spend your time developing your strengths. Focusing on the things that you’re good at, and that you enjoy will ensure a level of career fulfillment and satisfaction.