Finding Your Venn
Use this exercise to develop personal insights that will guide you in your journey to finding the perfect career for sustained happiness.
Do you know the number one reason why people leave their jobs? It’s because they are bored. Bored! Boredom doesn’t mean not having enough to do. Boredom at work could be not feeling challenged, empowered, or connected to a purpose. So how do you prevent occupational apathy?
Find Your Venn.
Venn diagrams help to visually represent the similarities and differences between two or more ideas, but what does this have to do with finding a job? For your career, this means finding the intersection between what you are good at (talent), what you like to do (passion), and what’s possible (potential).
How to facilitate:
- Grab a pen, the Finding Your Venn worksheet, or a blank piece of paper.
- If using a blank sheet of paper, draw 3 overlapping circles and label each circle with “Talent,” “Passion,” and “Potential.”
- In each of the three circles, begin to answer the following questions:
- What am I good at?
- What do people at work always come to me for?
- What do my friends and family always come to me for?
- When did I feel best at my job?
- What have I learned along the way?
- What am I most proud of?
- What do I do when on my day off?
- What is a purpose that I’m dedicated to?
- What is the next thing I want to learn?
- What types of projects do I like to work on?
- When do I feel best outside of work?
- What do I want to do more of?
- If I could have any career, what would it be?
- What type of environment do I work best in?
- When I started out, what did I imagine I’d be doing?
- Is that still true? How has it changed?
4. From here, you should start to see patterns and overlaps. Identify those common denominators and make a career wishlist from there. Think about your next role and the three after that. Jot down the titles, the responsibilities, the environment, and the projects. The idea is to try and see the bigger picture and then make a systematic plan to get there.
Finding your dream job, or just that perfect career fit, is about knowing yourself. The perfect intersection between what you’re good at, what you want to do, and what you can do. But what if you don’t truly know yourself? Asking yourself the specific questions above will help to guide you towards those personal insights, and provide you with a springboard from which to make an action plan towards future happiness.
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