We receive tons of fantastic questions through our Ask a Career Coach service. We’d like to highlight one question in particular that applies to so many survivors — about finding employment after treatment. Our career coach Kathy Flora did a marvelous job laying out how to approach this process, which can often feel overwhelming.
The question we received was:
“I would like some guidance in how to navigate the workforce, how to determine what my most marketable skills are, how to find work that I am suited for and that will ultimately put me in control of my life and circumstances.”
Kathy wrote back with valuable insights, such as these key steps for determining your best job fit/marketable skills:
- Ask yourself a few key questions to gauge your interests and strengths, such as “What do you love so much that you would choose to do it even if you did not get paid?” and “What are you so good at that others frequently mention it?”
- Get an even clearer picture of your strengths by digging into some of the research on the topic and taking an assessment or two.
- Do a thorough inventory of your life’s accomplishments.
- Look for patterns in that big list of accomplishments.
- Once you have a better picture of what makes you tick and where your strengths lie, it’s time to dig into what the work possibilities may be.