Career Vision Offers Six Tips for Job Changers

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Counselors at Career Vision in Glen Ellyn would like to see all people happy to go to work. Career Vision offers six tips for a thoughtful approach on career change using aptitude assessments.

Career Vision, a personalized service dedicated to helping individuals make great career decisions based on each person’s unique potential.

Career Vision, a personalized service dedicated to helping individuals make great career decisions based on each person’s unique potential.

“Most dissatisfied people think about career change, but don’t put a plan in place,” said Peg Hendershot, executive director at Career Vision. "Frankly, there is an art and science to making decisions about career change."

Many people dread Monday morning. While almost all people regret the end of the weekend, some find their Sunday nights filled with dread and anxiety. Is it only a lucky few who wake up on Monday, energized and happy about the day and week ahead?

Counselors at Career Vision in Glen Ellyn would like to see all people happy to go to work, and their programs and services can help discover what would make that happen.

Six areas should be thought about before making a change:

1. Identify your reasons for considering a career change.
2. Envision what you want to be different.
3. Establish what currently works and what doesn’t. That is your baseline.
4. Think about what has changed in your life.
5. Discover alternatives and options. Do the research.
6. Conduct an analysis to see what you need to do to make your career change happen.

“Most dissatisfied people think about career change, but don’t put a plan in place,” said Peg Hendershot, executive director at Career Vision. “Why? There are many reasons, but most often, it’s ‘…better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know.’ Also, change implies effort and no clear reward, and that’s a challenge for everyone.”

Career Vision offers effective and objective ways to discover the opportunities as well as the risks.

“Frankly, there is an art and science to making decisions about career change,” Hendershot said. “People may already use some of those skills in other decision-making situations but may find it difficult when it’s about their own situation.”

At Career Vision, the first goal is to use assessments to help determine the underlying causes for the poor fit. Too often people jump back into what is familiar and repeat a pattern. Sometimes it’s not the career, but the company or the role that one has. The second goal is to determine the full range of career options, and then narrow the focus to what is realistic depending on the person’s situation.

“What's missing for many people is passion, a positive emotional connection to their work,” Hendershot said. “The good news is that with aptitude assessment, introspection, planning, action and support, a person can discover what is personally exciting and stimulating.”

Aptitude is something one is born with such as an ear for music or math skills. They are natural talents, special abilities for doing, or learning to do, certain kinds of things easily and quickly. Aptitudes have little to do with knowledge, culture, education or even interests. People often underestimate or aren’t even aware of some areas of potential.

Most assessments used in career counseling provide subjective information about interests and/or personality. While this is very helpful, an aptitude assessment like the Ball Aptitude Battery (BAB), used exclusively at Career Vision, provides objective information about an individual’s natural talents and/or the potential to learn the skills required for specific tasks.

“Aptitude is the missing piece of traditional career planning,” Hendershot said. “The reason for this is clear. If we choose work and settings that engage our natural talents, then success and satisfaction become far more likely.”

Career Vision offers a free, online job satisfaction survey that could perhaps be a first step. Go to: http://wbs.careervision.org/PerspectiveJobSatisfationSurvey.aspx.

Career Vision is a personalized service dedicated to helping individuals make great career decisions based on each person’s unique potential. We accomplish this by partnering with our clients — applying our expertise in studying individual differences (abilities, interests, personality and values) and how these traits translate into different career possibilities. Years of research demonstrate that self-knowledge, particularly understanding one’s own aptitudes (Ball Aptitude Battery®), provides an objective foundation for people beginning their career plans or making educational and life decisions.

Career Vision is located at 526 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. For more information, call 630-469-6270 or visit: http://careervision.org/.

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