In the world of nature, spring is the time when plants begin to grow again, new seedlings sprout out of the ground and hibernating animals awake. Sometimes, humans imitate nature and careers certainly do. In spite of the global pandemic, many people are really beginning to come out of their hibernation and are beginning to think about new growth and buds and leaves and blossoms. What did you plant in winter that is now beginning to bud? Are you finishing up a certification or becoming more confident with a new skill? Have you been working on emotional intelligence and are now seeing how you are better at managing and processing your own emotions and interacting more effectively with others? Congratulations! Celebrate these achievements.
Or, did you, like many other people, plant nothing this winter; you were just trying to make it through? That’s ok. Fortunately, spring can also be a time of planting. However, the planting is not of seeds, but of actual plants, which has already matured to some degree. Are there ways that you can pick up skills or certifications or a new job more quickly than you originally thought, like not planting a seed, but a plant? You might be able to take an intensive course or invest in a coach who can often guide you to more quickly develop a skill or a new position than if you did it on your own.
Spring is often the time to assess where you are at with your career:
*Do I feel that, through my work, I am contributing to something worthwhile?
*Am I fully engaged and interested in my daily work activities?
*Are my work relationships supportive, rich, and rewarding?
*Do I continually achieve success at work?
*Am I happy work most of the time?
The answers to these questions can give you some areas in which you might want to grow at work either in the job you have or at another job. If you are not sure what to do or which direction to take or want some more concrete ideas, take the Thriving at Work Assessment HERE.
You know that what you plant now matters, whether it matters today, a few weeks from now or a few years from now, but you know today matters.
As you begin to think about what the months ahead mean for you with regards to your career, you might also be thinking about what the months ahead mean for your teen. Do they have a plan? Do they even know what they want? It’s ok if they don’t have a plan and if they don’t know what they want. They will get there in their own good time. However, in the mean time, if you would like to begin the conversation with them about what’s next, take a look at my complimentary list of Ten Options After High School HERE-Ten Options
In nature, there are many components which go in to having a plant come through the earth in spring. Some of these components include: a seed, soil, nutrients, water, and sun. In order for career ideas to come into fruition, many components are needed. These include: life stage, reasons to work, money, values, personality temperament, education, skills, abilities, interests, labour market and happenstance. Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at each of these components in detail and see where we are at with how we have planted our careers.
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