See where this is going?
Career paths are messier than a lot of people realize. And if you enjoy nonlinear, surprisingly,
challenging, but incredibly creative and interesting stories, you’re in luck!
To be successful, you need to know yourself- really, really well-. This is not a topic isolated to the
self-help section of the bookstore! You will be faced with roughly 297 major decisions in your life, and
the only way to make a “right” decision is to know what you want/need/do well.
But let’s start small, with your ﬁrst job. We will deconstruct what makes you successful, and what
makes you happy.
This is the obvious part. This is what you do every day. It includes creating, communicating, leading,
organizing, designing, producing, counting, organizing, writing, reporting, troubleshooting…
If you are HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL in your job, it means that you are both INTERESTED in most of the
tasks you do, and your SKILLS/STRENGTHS align with those tasks.
This is the setting in which you work. It includes factors like the size of the company, how formal or
creative the culture is, your boss, your coworkers, and how structured your day is. To be happy and
successful, there needs to be ﬁt with your PERSONALITY.
This is your life! This includes everything else you do- including your family, your hobbies, your location,
and in particular, how these factors interact with your JOB. To be happy and successful, there has to
be a VALUES match.
The four ingredients necessary to career success are:
Interests: what tasks do you like to do?
Personality: what is your style and how does that ﬁt in different work environments?
Values: what is important to you? What do you need to get out of a job to be happy?
Skills/Strengths: what can you do? What are your natural strengths, and what skills have you built