I am looking for guidance
A man walks when he already knows where to go.– San Francesco d'Assisi
Like all markets, the labour market is governed by the laws of supply of demand. In practice this means that if I am looking for a job I have to start by considering myself and what I have to offer.
What do I have to offer? Depending on when you think about it, the answer might be everything or nothing at all. The reality lies somewhere in between and it needs to be emphasised.
The first step involves preparing an inventory of what you have to offer in terms of actual capabilities (the technical name for this is a “skills assessment”), thinking not only of work but also about your life and what you’re able to do in your leisure time, sport and in terms of voluntary work and studies.
Another important step is keeping yourself informed about what’s going on in the world. I hate to say it, but not everyone pays attention to this. It means studying, reading, attending conferences, reading books and newspapers, blogs, ads.
The third step involves mapping out some possible paths: establishing some options that can then be examined fully. Should I go abroad or stay in Italy, study more or look for a job, take a year out to concentrate on my personal affairs, do I bide my time until the crisis finishes or do I look for a new opportunity. This involves establishing a series of options and then comparing them and putting them in order, in terms of feasibility, desirability, urgency…
What is needed to be successful in all these activities?
A director, a trainer, a coach, a senior… Aside from words and titles: a person that knows how it’s done and can advise you and accompany you along the way, without simply doing it for you.
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