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“Get clear on your career now”: Take Expat Nest’s questionnaire

How are you feeling about your career? Empowered and “on purpose”? Or are you seeking greater clarity and direction? Sometimes we just need to ask the right questions to understand where we are in our careers and where we’d like to be. If you’re feeling confused, stuck, or upset with your work life, use this handy tool from Expat Nest to help you get back on track…

Below you will find 20 unfinished sentences. Complete each sentence as quickly as you can. Spend about 10 minutes (longer if you need to) writing spontaneously. There is no right or wrong response – go with your gut! Then take a moment to reflect on your ‘truth’ and the insights you have gained… This will make it a lot easier to take the next steps to a happier and more productive work life.

PART 1: Questionnaire

  1. The work I most enjoy doing is…
  1. Good work is hard to do when…
  1. I become unhappy in my work when…
  1. I could work better if…
  1. My future career goals are:

a)

b)

c)

  1. A major obstacle to my career goals is…
  1. In my opinion, those I have worked with in the past…
  1. Interacting with people from various backgrounds makes me feel…
  1. What motivates me is…
  1. At work I feel upset when…
  1. At work I lose my temper if…
  1. If I could be anything I wished, I would be…
  1. My main weakness is…
  1. My major strength is…
  1. Taking orders makes me feel…
  1. Emails make me feel…
  1. My main problem at work is…
  1. I am creative when…
  1. My career in relation to my personal life…
  1. I’d like to prioritise…

 

PART 2: Follow up

Now that you have a clear idea of how you feel about work, write down:

a) What will you do today to improve your work situation? One small step is enough and you can choose to deal with any of the above points.

My first step is to…

b) Where would you like to be a month from now? Write down 3 basic steps towards getting there.

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

What have you learnt from this questionnaire? Did any of your answers surprise you? We would love to hear!

© Vivian Chiona

FEEL FREE TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR BLOG OR NEWSLETTER. We ask only that you attribute Expat Nest and include the following: Expat Nest (www.expatnest.com) is a professional online counselling service for expats.

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