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Why traditional career counseling doesn't work

career career choice students Nov 20, 2020

Traditional career counseling failed us. The evidence is everywhere.

Sadly, the traditional approach to career counseling doesn’t work. You don’t have to look far to see the evidence. The current state of the American workforce is bleak. Burnout – defined as chronic workplace stress – is at epidemic levels. So much so that the World Health Organization named burnout an official medical condition in May of 2019. 

It comes as no surprise, then, that most workers are disengaged. In fact, “only one-third of US employees are engaged in their work and workplace.” (Gallup, State of the American Workplace, 2017)

If the traditional advice worked, we wouldn’t have such pervasive job dissatisfaction. So the question is, why doesn’t traditional career counseling work?

 

Traditional career counseling tell us to focus on the wrong things.

Most guidance and career counselors base their recommendations on two things: 1) academics and 2) personality. Research proves these factors are poor indicators of career success. The smartest person is not always the most successful. And while personality may determine your friends, it doesn’t determine an ideal career path.

 

What approach DOES work? 

The lesson here is not to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.

I’ve helped over 1,000 people go from anxious to confident about their future using our proprietary Career Success Formula™. I encourage you to follow this same, proven process as you choose a career.

 

Here’s my proprietary formula for job success:

Career Success Formula™ = Talents + Passions + Skills

 

Talents are HOW you take action.

Ask yourself: When I solve a problem, what’s the first action I take? Think of a time when you were on your “A game,” how did you operate? What kinds of behaviors come most naturally?

 

Passions are WHY you take action.

Ask yourself: What excites and motivates me? What gets me out of bed in the morning? Where do I volunteer my time?

 

Skills are WHAT you know.

Ask yourself: In what subjects do I excel? Do I have specialized knowledge or training? What are my academic aspirations?

 

Majority doesn’t win.

 A fulfilling career must honor your talents, passions, AND skills. It’s worth emphasizing that majority doesn’t win. Success requires a fit in all three categories. Be sure to follow the order of the formula as well. If a career does not honor your natural talents, then it is not worth further consideration, regardless of passion or skill. 

 

Here’s the bottom line:

You deserve a fulfilling career and the only way to find a role that celebrates your unique talents, passions and skills.

 

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