Life Plan

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Time 

How long are you planning on living?  It won’t be forever.  

The facts are these:  in Canada, the average male lives to the age of about 76, and the average female lives to the age of about 82. 

Assume you are average.  How much time do you have left?

Describe what you would like to be doing during each five year period of the time you have left.  Be specific, and be complete.  Try drawing a picture of what each five year period would look like.   

You have just created a plan for your life.  It may be a bit rough, but it does have identified actions and times for these actions to be under way by or completed by.   

If you are doing something, it is in some way important to you.  If you are not satisfied with the way things are in your life, you can change what it is that you are doing.   

You will learn what actions are effective by reflecting upon what you have achieved.  Revise your plans accordingly.

You will not always have success with your plans.  Storms come.  Floods come.  People die.  Your plans will change because they must.  Accept it.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.  Either way, you are deciding to act on your plans.  

Know Thyself

Trying to fit into work that doesn’t fit you is like trying to wear shoes that are too small.  You won’t be comfortable, and you won’t go anywhere fast. 

Have you ever met a really miserable worker?  Can you guess why they are so miserable?

Now:  

a)         List your ten favourite things to do.

b)         List your ten least enjoyable things to do. 

c)          List ten things you would like to learn about.

d)         List ten things you would like to achieve.

e)         List ten occupations that interest you.

f)           List ten occupations you know you would not like.

g)         Rank each item in the above groups, using a scale of one to ten.  Write the number beside the item.  (There is no need to copy your lists over just to put them in order.)   

Ideal Work Situation 

Describe, exactly, the kind of work that interests you.  This requires a specific explanation of the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.

The Why is inside you, in the form of your interests, desires, and feelings.

As you describe your ideal kind of work, check your feelings.  If you have positive feelings as you describe each part, you probably are honouring your true interests and desires.  If you have negative feelings about some part, you are probably not being honest about it. 

a)    What, exactly, would you like to work with?  If this involves a combination of things, describe that combination.  (Ideas, Information, Objects, Plants, Creatures, People)

 b)    Where, exactly, would you like to do that work?  If this involves a combination of places, describe that combination. (Sheltered, Exposed, Clean, Dirty, City, Country)

c)     When, exactly, would you like to do that work?  If this involves a combination of times, describe that combination.  (Day, Night, Summer, Winter, Scheduled Hours, Unscheduled Hours)

d)    How, exactly, would you like to do that work?  If this involves a combination of ways of working, describe that combination.  (One Task At A Time, Several Tasks At Once, Routine Activities, Varying Activities, Independently, With A Group)

e)    Who, exactly, would you like to work with?  If this involves a combination of kinds of people, describe that combination. (Same People Regularly, Different People Regularly, Same As You, Different Than You, Predictable People, Unpredictable People) 

Interviews 

The only way to know for sure if a certain kind of work or occupation would suit you is to go out and have a good look at it.  

You need to interview people who are working in each of the fields that you are interested in. 

By the time you have done each interview you will have asked the following questions, and you will have clear answers for each:

a)         What are the main responsibilities for people in this occupation?

b)         What education is required to start in this occupation?

c)          What prior experience is required to start in this occupation?

d)         Where is there the most demand for this occupation?

e)         Who are the five best employers for this occupation, in this area?

f)           How many people work in this occupation in this area, roughly?

g)         What is the best way to obtain work in this occupation?

h)         How steady is the employment in this occupation, usually?

i)            What is the forecast for demand for this occupation?

j)           What is the pay range for this occupation?

k)          What Associations, Organizations, or Unions do people in this           occupation usually belong to?

l)            What Codes or Regulations do people in this occupation usually deal   with?

m)       What training or education is required to advance in this occupation?

n)         What other kinds of work does this occupation usually lead to?

o)         What other occupations are closely related to this one?

p)         What are the most enjoyable parts of this occupation?

q)         What are the usual working conditions and hazards of this occupation?

r)           What is the worst experience you have had in this occupation?

s)          What advice would you give to someone who is interested in starting in this occupation?

t)           Who else do you suggest I talk to about this field of work?

Bear in mind that the person you are interviewing may be interested in hiring you some day.  You may be just the person they are looking for. 

Dress appropriately for the occupation, speak politely, and do express your gratitude. 

Failure to do any of these three things would screen you out as a candidate – if you were interviewing me and I was looking to hire someone.

 

Career Tip #1
Dress for the Job You Want.


Career Tip #2
Include a Picture of Yourself with Your Resume. 
(Wearing a T-Shirt with a bold statement like “I Love to Fart” is especially helpful.)

Career Tip #3
Make Sure Your Resume Is Letter Perfuct.

I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar.  Here’s Why.  (Kyle Wiens)
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/07/i_wont_hire_people_who_use_poo.html    

The King James Bible (First Published in 1611.)
…The new translation of the Bible was no huge success when it was first published. The English preferred to stick with the Geneva Bibles they knew and loved. Besides, edition after edition was littered with errors. The famous Wicked Bible of 1631 printed Deuteronomy 5:24—meant to celebrate God’s “greatnesse”—as “And ye said, Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory, and his great asse.” The same edition also left out a crucial word in Exodus 20:14, which as a result read, “Thou shalt commit adultery.” The printers were heavily fined.
(National Geographic Magazine:  December, 2011.)
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/12/king-james-bible/nicolson-text/2

Career Tip #4
Education and Experience will Improve Your Employment Options.

Narconomics  
From HR to CSR: management lessons from Mexico’s drug lords
…Human resources are still a problem for the cartels, unsurprisingly given that more than 10,000 employees are violently retired each year. Junior vacancies are easily filled from the pool of 10m ninis, youths who ni estudian ni trabajan (neither study nor work). But Mexico’s poor schools—the worst in the OECD—mean that drug exporters face the same problems as other multinationals in attracting highly skilled workers. ManpowerGroup, a recruitment consultancy, found that 42% of legitimate Mexican firms reported difficulties filling vacancies. Most said they had to recruit expatriates to senior jobs. This is also true in the drug business: the Zetas have turned to former members of Guatemala’s Kaibiles special forces to satisfy a growing demand for experienced killers. Visa requirements, at least, are minimal.
http://www.economist.com/node/21559598

Career Tip #5

Get Involved in Your Community:  Volunteer.

River rescue in downtown Des Moines: A woman is pulled from near the Center Street dam by construction worker Jason Oglesbee on Tuesday. A man who was with the unidentified woman died in the Des Moines River. A rescue team from the Des Moines Fire Department tried several times to rescue the woman but could not get close enough to her.
Published July 1, 2009
http://www.pulitzer.org/works/2010-Breaking-News-Photography#

Career Tip #6

Explore

CareerMine
http://www.infomine.com/careers/

How to Write a CV (or Resume)
http://www.economist.com/whichmba/ask-expert-how-write-cv

HR Tests:  Recruitment, Assessment, & Personnel Selection
http://hrtests.blogspot.ca/

HR Toolkit
http://www.hrvs-rhsbc.ca/hr-toolkit/home.cfm

If You’re Fired:  Wrongful Dismissal
http://www.cba.org/bc/public_media/employment/241.aspx

Interview Questions
http://hrcouncil.ca/docs/staffing_sample_interview_questions.pdf 

Kiersey Temperament Sorter
http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/register.aspx 

Occupational Competency Requirements Index
http://www.psc.gov.sk.ca/competencies

Salary Negotiation
http://www.sph.umn.edu/careers/tipsheets/negotiate/

Vocational Information Center (Katherine Hake)
http://www.khake.com/

What Color is Your Parachute (Richard Nelson Bolles)
The best ever Career and Life Planning Guide.
http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/

 

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