Checklists and inventories which help you identify and use new language to describe your personal qualities/traits (interests, skills, abilities, values, motivations…) is a crucial building block in setting goals and establishing new direction. (Link)
The CTI is designed to help you understand the internal barriers (and inner and outside resources) which may be blocking you from moving ahead—or may help you move ahead--with your career/work/retirement transition. There are five scales; each represents a different aspect of how you perceive yourself and your transition process. By understanding more about the internal barriers you are facing, you may be able to develop strategies to overcome these barriers.
Thinking and reflecting on your “interior life” through an inventory or series of printed or web-based questions can help clarify important aspects of your spiritual/faith life. (Link)
This interactive web-based activity can be engaged by yourself or with a partner. It allows you to identify and prioritize the values which are important to you in your work. (Link)
The Strong is an interest inventory which compares interests to the interests of people in different careers using John Holland’s theory of personality-environment fit. The Myers-Briggs is a personality assessment profile based upon the work of Carl Jung. (Link)
St. Ignatius of Loyola, developed his Spiritual Exercises in the 16th Century as a way for people to apply prayer, faith and scriptures to their daily and longer range decisions. They are useful today in bringing career/work planning and spiritual development together. (Link)Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Direction is when a trained spiritual director works with you in seeking a richer, deeper faith. (Link)
Using the web, print materials and informational interviews is critical for individuals seeking work direction. Experts advise that this research helps you see “who you can become.” (Link)
The Enneagram is a model of human personality which is principally used as a system of nine interconnected personality types which are represented by the points of a geometric figure. (Link)
NetWorking is not schmoozing or necessarily asking about jobs—it’s being curious and serious in presenting thoughtful questions to others about their work.
It’s no coincidence that “working” is the main emphasis in the word networking. It does require significant time, energy and practice to do it effectively. And although it’s natural to be overwhelmed by the media’s emphasis on networking, the fact remains that it is the most important skill for managing job seeking and career transitions. It deserves considerable study and practice. (Link)
LinkedIn can be an invaluable web tool for making contacts and networking. It’s an important resource for almost every work-related transition. (Link)
Your “spirit” can experience strength, comfort, hope and joy from poetry, prayers, art and music in facing the challenges of transition. (Link)
A one hour question and answer session where a trained interviewer asks you a series of spiritual questions can result in new ideas and insights for your faith journey.
Attaining clearer work and/or retirement goals is one of the points of this whole process. As you become fluent in your goals and are able to use language which is specific to your field, you are building a foundation for effective communications with colleagues, network contacts and potential employers.
Maybe more importantly, you are gaining valuable inputs to answering the Big Questions and forming ideas for your vocation---and how you want to use your gifts in the world.
Finally, your work is not completed when you have a better understanding of your Goals and Vocation. Securing openings and opportunities where you can use your gifts requires another set of tasks. Completing the Doing the Next Thing worksheet can get you going in the right direction. (Link)