“I have 20 years of experience and I don’t know what to do with myself”, “I’m over 40 and I wonder whether to start a company or look for a job in a corporation”, “I’m confused”… these are frequent statements of clients that a Career Consultant encounters every day. During the 3rd meeting of the Career Advisory postgraduate studies, we discussed tools which are used to diagnose the client’s potential and set a career goal.
Identifying and defining goals of career paths in practice
Both days of the third meeting were focused on the topic of “Identifying and defining goals of career paths in practice”. The first day was led by Anna Zadrożna who talked about a common problem of clients who seek help from a Career Consultant because “they don’t know what to do with themselves next”. As a warm-up, Anna and the students developed solutions to meet the expectations of clients who don’t know what their career should look like. The next step was discussing various tools / programs and methods, incl.:
- The 5-step Program
- The “Begin with the end in mind” approach
- The Wheel of Life
- Success Stories
- The STAR method
- The competence matrix
On that day, a guest speech was delivered by a Marketing Director with over 10 years of international experience who had used the services of a Career Consultant themselves, and spoke openly about their expectations toward this type of service from the client’s point of view. They also shared with the students how they managed to achieve their professional goal.
Moreover, a Head of UX and a former Career Angels’ client made a guest appearance. They shared their perspective on cooperating with a Career Consultant during a very difficult time in their life. Moreover, they shared their initial expectation toward the cooperation with the advisor and what they ultimately received.
Students’ thoughts after the third meeting
“I realized how important it is to talk about my successes.”
“I will definitely apply steps 4 and 5 in my organization and in the development plan for my employees.”
“Discussing the STAR method showed me how I could improve the way I talk about my successes.”
“I really liked the opportunity to share my experiences and have interesting conversations with other participants!”
“One of the things I will definitely remember is presenting my successes using the STAR method.”
“Thanks to this meeting, I noticed that monitoring your satisfaction can shorten the time needed to achieve your goals.”
“I agree with the choice of tools and I use them in my work!”
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