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Best-Fit Career Assessment

Career Exploration & Development is not a one-time decision but a series of decisions over the working life of an individual. Every job change in the career journey involves a complex decision making to evaluate various factors and options. One aspect that most working individuals miss out in their preparation for job change, is evaluating their fitment for the career stream/ occupation they are in, and therefore more often than not explore opportunities in their current occupation stream. Knowing your fitment for an occupation/ career Stream is of specific significance if the motivation behind the job change is not career progression but dissatisfaction with the current job (role, function or industry). The research has shown that the major cause of job dissatisfaction for many individuals is misalignment between their innate preferences in terms of interests, personality and work environment and their occupations. Developing a mindset for a job change takes a lot of effort, involves difficult decision making and anxiety for many. It is therefore only apt to use the opportunity to know your fitment for your current occupation, and your Best-Fit occupations that align the most with your innate preferences, so that you can at least make a beginning towards transition to your most suitable occupation someday.

We use a combination of industry leading occupation suitability assessments (Strong Interest Inventory® and MBTI®) backed by decades of research on individuals satisfied with their occupations. These assessments provide most thorough information about careers, interests, personality and work environments, and have been used for career development globally for decades.

Your personalised career interest report comes with following:

  • Your top 5 Career Themes
  • Your top 10 Best-Fit Careers/ Occupations and 5 least suitable ones
  • Your suitability for 130 Occupations and access to their detailed descriptions
  • Deep insights into your innate preferences of your personality so that you can analyse and understand conflict between your current work environment and your preferences
  • Work tasks you might find satisfying
  • Work environments that would be a good fit for you
  • Ways to alter your work environment to make it more satisfying
  • Leisure activities to balance your work life
  • Strategies for career development
  • Tactics for staying motivated during the career exploration process
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Personalised Career Transition Plan

“Remember: life is too short to be doing something you don’t enjoy”
 
We enable early to mid-career professionals, develop practical transition strategies to reach their Best-Fit careers.
 
If you are not happy with your current occupation and have been contemplating a change, the time to begin the process is NOW. Stop putting off the change. There is no perfect time to make a change as life events will continue…..There is always an upcoming salary increment, bonus announcement, hope for a promotion, an overseas travel, child’s college admission etc. etc. We use these reasons to delay the inevitable. Delay only firms up mental forces acting against the change. Not acting makes you a furniture in the organization, which moves you where organization decides to and eventually wears you out to be replaced. 
 
A step initiated in the direction of the change, however small it is, acts as big counter to the forces holding you off from initiating the change. So, initiate the processes today and we can help with practical strategies to de-risk your move that can land you in your desired career/ occupation.

Career Transition vs. Job change

A career transition is not to be confused with a simple job change. A career transition is a type of job change that involves person moving from one job role, function or industry to another one. It changes individual’s job profile in terms of at least one of the job role, business function or industry. For example, a person working as a Project Manager in a Management Consulting Organization may seek to move to a more creative and market focused environment with greater people interaction such as advertising industry, as a Project Manager. This move is completely possible with good planning and measured steps. Similarly, a person feeling stressed in Business Operations function in an IT services company may decide to move as a faculty of Business Operations in a Management Institute if they prefer a vibrant academic environment that provides opportunities for interaction with youth and creation of knowledge through research. These are only a few examples; a more drastic career transition is possible and achievable given adequate time and proper planning.

Here are a few Key Mantras for a successful career transition

  • Act now vs. tomorrow
  • “Be committed”, even if things are not clear. If they were clear, you would not have been in the state you are in.
  • Carefully decide your options. Don’t overly “Reflect” and get caught into “analysis paralysis” lest it becomes a force against the move. Seek professional help, if required.
  • Allow enough time, up to 6 to 12 months.
  • Create a contingency fund to tide-over 6-12 months.
  • Be prepared to go a level down initially in your new career, only to go a few levels up eventually.
  • Believe that “your prior experience never goes waste”. So, don’t regret changing fields.
  • Be open: A career transition is not one-time big bang move; it involves several micro moves over a period. A micro move may involve networking, exploration, skill upgrade and volunteering. Final move will then be another micro move which will complete the process.
  • Don’t quit your current job in hurry until you have firmed up the move and are fairly comfortable about your target career.

Here are a few steps of our comprehensive Career Transition Process

  • Best-Fit Career Assessment: Exploration of your Best-Fit Careers/ Occupation streams using industry leading models backed by decades of research on professionals satisfied with their occupations.
  • Short listing of 2 to 3 Careers through self-exploration.
  • Identify the type of change involved in the transition to your chosen Careers.
  1. Role, Function, Industry (or a combination of these)
  2. More complex the change, greater the transition effort.
  • Evaluate risks, pros & cons of switching to your Best-Fit and shortlisted occupations.
  • Introspect: Assess skills from earlier job that apply to your shortlisted career options. Ensure to highlight them in your profile.
  • Finalize the target career in terms of Role, Function and Industry.
  • Assess skill short fall and skill upgrade required.
  • Identify skill upgrade options.
  • Finalize skill upgrade options.
  • Set timelines for the transition.
  • Micro Moves: Skill upgrade, Networking, Career Exploration, Volunteering
  • Final move.
“Our role is to show you the path, yours is to drive to your chosen destination”
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Career Transition Workshop

  • Best-Fit Career Assessment: Exploration of your Best-Fit Careers/ Occupation streams using industry leading models backed by decades of research on professionals satisfied with their occupations.
  • Short listing of 2 to 3 Careers through self-exploration.
  • Identify the type of change involved in the transition to your chosen Careers.
  1. Role, Function, Industry (or a combination of these)
  2. More complex the change, greater the transition effort.
  • Evaluate risks, pros & cons of switching to your Best-Fit and shortlisted occupations.
  • Introspect: Assess skills from earlier job that apply to your shortlisted career options. Ensure to highlight them in your profile.
  • Finalize the target career in terms of Role, Function and Industry.
  • Assess skill short fall and skill upgrade required.
  • Identify skill upgrade options.

How does the workshop benefit you?

    • Know your top 5 areas of interests and 3 areas of least interest.
    • Know your 10 Best-Fit Occupations.
    • Your personal preferences in terms of learning environments, leadership style, risk taking, and team work so that you can choose your future work environment with clarity.
    • You MBTI® personality type to uncover your innate personality in terms of following:
  1. Introversion vs. Extroversion – how to you direct and receive energy
  2. Sensing vs. Intuition – how you take-in information
  3. Thinking vs. Feeling – how you come to conclusion and take decisions
  4. Judging vs. Perceiving – your approach to outer world
nowing your MBTI® and facets of personality helps enhancing effectiveness in your work environment.
  • Career Transition Strategies:
  1. How to zero on your Best-Fit target career options?
  2. Assessment of skill shortfall and identification of skill upgrade
  3. Career Transition Plan: Micro-moves and timeline
  4. Creating a support system around you
  5. Strategies for staying motivated
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Personal Effectiveness Enhancement

We use MBTI® Personality Type to enable you to enhance effectiveness at workplace, as first steps in becoming more effective is awareness of your own innate preferences.
 
In a work setting people are required to collaborate with others, direct a team or be directed by a supervisor, or deal with the customers. In such settings, an individual’s effectiveness in dealing with various stakeholders decides their level of performance and quality of relationship with the stakeholders. It is a known fact that each individual expects other stakeholders to align with her/his way of working in work settings and even in personal relationships and that’s where the conflict arises. Carl Jung’s theory of personality types suggests that each person has a unique personality in terms of what motivates them to energize & act, their way of taking-in information, decision making style and their approach in dealing with the outer world.
Jung’ theory explains why differences in people emerge and how they can be resolved with awareness of your own innate personality preference and that of others so as to deal with situations effectively. The MBTI® assessment was developed by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs as an application of Carl Jung’s theory of personality types.
 
MBTI® assessment, backed by deep and continued research, helps uncover an individual’s personality in 8 aspects and further 5 facets detailing each of the 8 aspects.

Detailed self-awareness enables understanding of blind spots one may have been carrying through their career. It also helps in following aspects in the work environments that are critical for one’s performance and relationships

  • Effective Communication with others
Your personality type influences how you communicate, especially in team settings. At times, communication styles of team members differ and, in such situations your awareness of your own and understanding of other’s style can prevent miscommunication or conflict. Realizing that others are not trying to annoy you when they use their own style of communicating can go a long way in enhancing effectiveness in workplace.
  • Inclusive Decision Making
Effective decision making requires gathering information from a variety of perspectives and applying sound methods of evaluating that information. Knowledge of your personality facets gives you specific ways to enhance decision making which is inclusive.
 
  • Managing Change
Change is inevitable in every work setting and especially in projects. Your personality type influences your style of managing change. This is a difficult aspect to handle for most professionals. Understanding that it is easier for some to take change than others may help improve effectiveness in dealing with the change.
 
  • Managing Conflict
Conflicts are inevitable when working with others. People of distinct personality types may differ in the way they define a conflict and react to it and reach resolution. Part of conflict management for every type includes recognizing that all perspectives have something to add, but any perspective used in its extreme and to the exclusion of others doesn’t help conflict resolution.
 
You MBTI® reports gives you deep insights about your own personality and practical strategies to constructively deal with others who may have completely different personality preferences.
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