Career Sustainability is the 'Go-To' blog for anyone seeking #career inspiration.
We’ll help you nourish your #work-life over the long haul...
Plus help you discover a #career you love!
Our aim is to help you answer:
* How to make a meaningful career decision
* Why life needs meaning
* What are we here to do
* How do I discover my purpose
* How to tackle redundancy
* Explores power of guidance
* Provides simple job-hunting tips
* CV/Resumé design tips
* Discusses benefits of networking
Firstly, job-hunting and
career planning is counterintuitive! Meaning, the processes described in this
article may go against your gut-feeling. The process of job-hunting is the
opposite of how you might think successful job-hunters end-up in great
How I met the Grandfather of Career
Planning & Job-hunters:
I had the remarkably good
fortune of crossing paths with Richard Nelson Bolles (who very sadly, recently passed-away), when he came to Brighton
in UK back in 2000 to be a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the
Association of Career Professionals International (at that time called IACMP). [Dick's life remembered in this wonderful obituary: www.nytimes.com/2017/04/01/business/richard-bolles-dead-what-color-is-your-parachute.html?_r=0 ]
His speech was a triumph of
observation and spoken right from the bottom of a very, very sincere, warm, giving and knowing heart. Something
of a rarity in our modern world. Someone deeply experienced on life’s journey,
proficient in acts of kindness and truly and utterly authentic. A man tuned-in
to his heart, who possessed a compelling sense of purpose in his life.
How I ended-up on a life-changing workshop
in Oregon’s high desert:
We struck-up a friendship
and Dick invited me to his famous 'Life/Work Planning Workshop' in Bend,
Oregon, US of A. It seemed far-fetched that I should go to the high desert of Oregon
and spend an intense 2 weeks absorbing startling insightfulness from one of the
World's most gifted teachers.
He made it difficult for
me not to seize upon such a fabulous opportunity. And a few weeks later, there
I was, soaking-up THE most incredible experience at the almost ethereally
gorgeous Mount Bachelor Village Resort; surrounded by serene pine forest and
the bluest of skies in the universe.
From 9am to 9pm every day
for a fortnight I was treated to a feast of learning, self-directed study and a
feast of the senses like nothing I had known before or hitherto. My life was
transformed forever and it has to be the richest singular experience along my
'personal development' journey.
Technicolour Masterful Teachings:
inventiveness, he wrote on *black* flipchart paper using iridescent chalk which
howled to the senses shimmering in a magical ultraviolet light. So striking
were the images hovering amid the twilit conference centre, up there in that
high desert, that they remain indelibly etched in my consciousness to this day.
Each interactive 'lesson' was preceded and punctuated by moving soundtracks,
thought-provoking films and a profound camaraderie that enriches me still.
Self-discovery, at this
depth of dive, sparked profound shared learning opportunities that possessed a
transforming power. Delegates struck-up life-long bonds with fellow participants
who bared their innermost reflections in their quest for life missions and
Dick’s reputation had
attracted a team of distinguished co-facilitators from all-over the world. Each
one of them watchfully attending to the details, nurturing deftly and enabling
as delegates wrestled to comprehend their future. Encouraging us through those
inevitable stuck moments when the senses were drowning in the vortex of intense
self-enlightenment. The whole event a catalyst with such a profound and lasting
legacy. It is hard to believe I can recall the experience with such lucid intensity
15 years on.
Plan to go ‘Proactive’ because ‘Reactive’
drains the soul:
I detail such context
because Dick’s methodology is still not recognised as being the definitive
job-hunting formula to this day. Finding one’s true calling and best-suited occupation
is the greatest investment of time a human can make. The dividend lasting a
lifetime. Yet so many people are utterly deadbeat, downtrodden and stuck under
the burden of empty, passionless and limiting work.
Read The Job-hunters & Career-changers
The whole point of my
writing is that to the vast majority of citizens still, finding great,
rewarding, restorative, joy-filled, purposeful, motivational, stimulating,
contributory and uplifting work appears esoteric, untouchable, unattainable and
Furthermore, the vast
majority of dissatisfied workers and people out of work, continue to hunt for
work in the complete opposite way that hirers hunt for workers. If you are
having difficulty visualising this *fact* of the labour market, please take a
look at page 8 in the 2015 edition of Dick’s world-famous best-seller, ‘What Color Is Your Parachute?’ (click on link) and take
a few minutes to drink in the wisdom contained in this pivotal page’s diagram.
So many people hunt for
jobs in Reactive Mode. They waste their energy on applying to adverts,
filling-in application forms, firing-off CVs and résumés, investing hours and
hours signing-up to job boards and websites that – statistically – are so
unlikely ever to bear fruit. Let alone sate their craving for a job that
reflects their talents, gifts, experiences, career attributes, values and
Finding Great and Meaningful Work doesn’t
It takes time, energy,
sacrifice and conscientiousness to land yourself a rewarding career. In
signing-off this post, all I ask is you take the time required to produce your self-inventory.
Cultivate your ‘career language’. Populate your vocabulary with terms that best
describe your skill-sets, talents, experiences and achievements to date. Audit
your career-related achievement stories.
Gather all your personal
information together into one place. Organise it. Extrapolate this data towards
your future and pin-point precisely the job in the labour market which generates
the brightest spark when dovetailed with your vocational DNA.
Once you have managed to
choose your own path – and you are excited by it – radiate, disseminate,
proliferate and transmit the process. Let your newfound enthusiasm infect your
friends and family in order that they too can thrive, grow and take joy from
their personal development.
Take joy from Work. Spread
the word. Enhance the world.
Let’s get more people
into great work.
It is a cause worth
Here is a great YouTube
film of Dick explaining the concept of self-inventory: click here.