Identifying Career Options: External Indicators

Image of a man tapping on a virtual screen. There are three options 'Yes', 'No' and 'Maybe'. The person is tapping on 'Yes' to indicate he has thought about his career options.

Okay, I’ve narrowed it down. Are we there yet?

Portrait of confident pilots in corporate plane cockpit.

External factors: Markets and needs to evaluate career options

Magnifying glass over a newspaper classified section with Job Market text. The job market at a point in time affects our career options.
Magnifying glass over a newspaper classified section with Job Market text

Understanding the concept of ‘ikigai’

  1. what we love,
  2. what we are good at,
  3. what the world needs, and
  4. what we can be paid for
Diagram representing the concept of Ikigai. Ultimately our career options should align with our ikigai, although that is hard to identify and takes time.
Finding our ‘Ikigai’ is ideal, but takes time and effort

Learning about ourselves and the world to navigate career options

  • hobbies,
  • internships,
  • projects,
  • freelance work,
  • networking,
  • start a side-hustle or part-time job,
  • research (online, mentors, interviewing someone from that space)
Notebook on desk with the words 'Internship', 'experience', 'learning', 'exposure' and 'practice' on it. There is a phone, a pen and a cup of coffee on the desk as well. The image indicates how we can narrow our career options with practical experience.

Conclusion

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