3 Questions to Find the Right Career Direction

 

Ask children what they want to become when they grow up. They all will answer “I want to become a doctor”, “pilot”, “teacher”, and the list will go on. However, this list shrinks as they grow older. It may sound sad, but it is even sadder to be stuck with a job that is not fulfilling your aspirations. Each of us is bestowed with particular talents and personality traits, and they play a major role in our career interests and aptitude different professions.

The process of finding out what you are born to do can be an arduous task without a proper approach to career hunt. It involves asking yourself the following three questions: –

 

  1. How do I define myself?

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How do you even begin defining who you are? It’s not quite easy, but not entirely impossible. Just look back at your life so far and find out instances when you have been absolutely passionate and enthusiastic doing something creative. Settle down on one thing that you consider as your greatest accomplishment. Most of the time, it will reveal who you are, what your talents are, and what you want to do with your life.

 

  1. What do I want to do for a living?

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To see if you will truly enjoy a line of work, ask yourself what you will rather do if there is no monetary compensation. This will reveal your interests, which will make it easier to shortlist the possible professions you would enjoy. Go to job fairs and trade shows related to the shortlisted professions, and find out more about the job requirements and responsibilities. Keep track of companies offering jobs in your area of interest, and read employee and client reviews to understand the worst and best-case scenarios in the field of work. By now, you would have shortened your list further, rejecting several possible lines of work.

 

  1. How to seek the right opportunities?

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Have a rough idea of the type of career you want to pursue. Once you have decided, it is time to work out how you want to accomplish it. You have to find out what qualifications can get you there faster, and what kind of skills you must build on to excel in the field. There are more than one way to achieve a goal. So, always have a backup plan for bouncing back if one way isn’t working out as planned. Ask yourself questions like “What will you do if you aren’t accepted into the preferred programme at university?”

When you have satisfactory answers to all the three questions above, it is very likely that your compass is already pointing at the right career direction.

Let us know if these tips have worked for you. Please tell us if you would like to add more to this article. Send your messages on the comments section below.

 

Five tips to Excel in Performance Appraisals

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Performance appraisal is perhaps the Damocles’ sword in the corporate world. You may hate it or disapprove of it, but there is no escaping it. All the folks working in the corporate sector out there, this article will enlighten you on this difficult hurdle in career and thereby lighten your worries.

 

Stop seeing it as a threat

Take it as an opportunity. It is not something that will harm you. Understand that it is just a tool for you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and work on improving your skills. Once you start thinking along these lines, you will be able to look at it positively.

 

But don’t take it too lightly

Seeing it as harmless doesn’t imply that you can totally forget that something called performance appraisal exists. Remember that your long term career goals like pay cheque hikes and promotions depends on this.

 

Have a realistic outlook

So what you will need to successfully deal with the appraisal process is a reality-based strategy. You got your job with a lot of effort, so don’t lose it or cause your own de-promotion. The professionals who are there to assess you are humans too. Making them understand your uniqueness in the team is the key.

 

 Highlight the strengths

Instead of worrying about your weak points, focus on your strengths. In an appraisal, highlighting the fact that your strengths weigh over your weaknesses will make your position strong. And you will be seen in terms of your strengths and not weaknesses.

 

Stay calm

Panicking over the appraisal will only make the process worse. When you freak out thinking of the appraisal all the time, you get confused and more and more worried. Yes, the best version of you is the confident you.

How Psychologists Can Make More Money with their Practice?

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As psychologists or psychotherapists, it could be difficult to even discuss charging money for patient care, but as it is a necessary part of keeping your business open, the matter of making money cannot be swept under the carpet. It is important to know how to make a great, sustainable income while providing quality patient care.

Sell your Skills

As a psychologist, the most important money-making skill is talking about yourself. If you are looking to establish a successful career as a psychologist, you must know how to sell yourself. You can begin by advertising your practice using display ads on a dedicated business page in leading social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. To improve your local publicity, you can put up display ads on local newspapers. Though publishing print advertisements could be a costly affair, if done right, it could lead to better conversion of local clients.

To improve the credibility of your private practice, build a dedicated website for your clinic. With professional help from a digital marketing agency, you can tweak the web design and manage online content for better visibility on the Internet. You can also opt for PPC (Pay Per Click) ads on major search engines like Google and Yahoo for better online traffic of potential clients.

Diversify your Sources of Income

It is indeed rewarding to opt for an advanced training to improve your competence in the field, but if your goal is to make more money, you don’t really need to spend on any additional training. Just diversify what you know into multiple sources of income. You can start by creating a group therapy program, where you can attend to more people at once. Another way would be to create and sell therapy videos that could be useful for your peers and clients both professionally and personally. If you are fond of writing, repackage your experiences into research papers, EBooks, or training manuals in psycho-education. If you have relevant experience and reputation in your field, you can also build certificate programs that other budding therapists can benefit from.

Manage your Practice as a Small Business

To make more money from your practice, you must learn how to run it like a small business. You must be comfortable in investing on advertising your clinic and in improving your brand’s visibility. Always be ready to tolerate risk, because no business is ever resilient to risks that come with changing trends and market. Just like any other business, never hesitate to ask your clients to refer your clinic to their peers. Word-of-mouth referrals have high conversion rates when it comes to potential clients. Start an online or print newsletter under your banner and project yourself as a subject matter expert in your community both locally and online. Welcome invitations to speak at community conferences and meetings. Invest time in doing interviews for local newspapers or online video streaming channels in your field.

In addition to all the above tips on making more money, a psychologist could also get in partnerships with reputed mental healthcare portals like Insighte, and reach out to more clients in the country.