Eight steps to meaningful life work
by Joyce Rempel
Are you in the middle of your career and want to transition into a different field? A new graduate seeking direction for your career? Do you need help resolving a work conflict? There are resources, tools and experts available to guide you through such challenges.
Connie Covey at www.CareerPlan.ca is one such person. CareerPlan.ca provides tools, career counselling and support at any age or stage to help you find meaning and purpose in a career that matches your skills, values, and worldview.
An initial phone consultation is the best place to start, Connie says, “so I can gather information about the individual’s background. Sometimes, you just need an hour to sort through a particular work issue, sometimes you want an assessment, and sometimes you want to do a deep dive into re-visioning your career.”
An effective tool for transitioning to a new career is the Career Plan Program. It currently involves five sessions, one-on-one with Connie, professional assessment tools, and in-depth homework, all completed over two – four months. The eight steps in the Program build on each other and the end goal is that the client finishes with a clear path toward attaining meaningful life work. “It’s introspective, deep learning,” Connie explains, “which isn’t always comfortable; it represents struggle.” You need sufficient time and emotional capacity to devote to the process.
The first step is to clarify your vision and plan. “What do you want your life to look like?” Connie asks. “What do you want to be known for?” There’s real value in having clients write their own obituary as they’d like it to appear at the end of their life. “How do you want people to remember you? Start with envisioning the success of your life – what would that look like?”
Next, identify roadblocks to that success. Perhaps it’s dealing with job loss or significant trauma. Connie says, you may recognize you want change but you’re afraid, don’t have the energy or you’re just not feeling motivated.
Third, look in-depth at your personal and work-related values. These shape the decisions you make for moving forward in your career, and your life in general.
Mindfulness is step four. Consciously assess your actions and be aware of your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours. What are you becoming? “If we have self-defeating beliefs,” Connie explains, “These can kick the feet out from under your plan.”
In step five, you will assess your strengths, look at preferred skills, complete a personality assessment and compile statements about your accomplishments and career achievements thus far. These are obvious indicators of your passions and will inform future success.
The next step involves melding your personality, vision and values into a clear purpose statement. In the book, “What on Earth Am I Here For?” Rick Warren writes, “Jesus honored God by fulfilling his purpose on earth (John 17:4). We honor God the same way. When anything in creation fulfills its purpose, it brings glory to God.” What is the purpose for your career beyond just earning a living? How much are you actually doing of your purpose and how well are you doing it? Do you need further training to deliver on your purpose? Career change in mid-life is often about how the individual can make a difference, especially in relation to people. You’ll consider how others are better off when you fulfill your purpose.
In step seven, you’ll craft an overarching mission statement for your life and set measurable plans and goals for accomplishing it. The beauty of a mission statement is that it helps you measure what you should be involved in and where you should say no. It helps you recognize what is going to move you closer to or away from accomplishing your mission. That’s the true power in articulating your mission.
The final step is risk mitigation. You’ve identified your goals. Now recognize there will also be things that can take you off track. “Think through what those might be,” Connie says, “and develop strategies to apply if they happen.”
Connie is certified to offer a wide range of assessment tools and helps you interpret the results. The Program can seem daunting, but she’ll support you through every step. She has significant experience and success in the field. She holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, specializing in Career Counselling, and will complete her Doctorate of Education in Workplace and Adult Learning in 2020.
“CareerPlan.ca exists to support your pursuit of meaningful life work,” Connie says. Whether you want to enhance your performance, discover the freedom of embracing God’s design for your life, or want to increase job satisfaction, she’ll help you discover how to live out your calling with passion. Schedule a free initial consultation, or get more info at www.careerplan.ca or call 403-730-4720.