Updated: Apr 27
How do you know you are choosing the right course to advance your career options?
Many of us spend thousands of dollars on a course without
Creating our vision of our ideal career/life
Asking ourselves why we want to study that specific course
If you find yourself saying, “I am studying this course because I am interested in this topic", then I would suggest deepening your reason as you could find a course that is even more suited to you and your personality.
Let’s explore this further because I know so many incredible people who have amazing skills that are limiting themselves by studying a course that would give them credibility rather than studying a course because they will love the subject and it aligns with their vision of their ideal career/life.
Upskill Annual Career Survey (2016) identified that the biggest indicator of happiness at work is:
1. A great workplace
2. Feeling valued at work
3. Enjoyable job
These are broad categories that can be broken down even further.
Asking questions such as:
1. What does an enjoyable job look like to me?
2. What does a great workplace mean to me?
3. When do I feel valued at work?
4. What does success mean to me?
How much of your happiness and job satisfaction is connected to completing a course or Bachelor’s Degree?
I would say zero.
Yes, it can help with learning a new skill and increasing your confidence but this alone will not make you happy at work.
Studying can give us a false sense of security. We can think that once we finish our course, we will wing it and get a job that we love. Many of us can still find ourselves feeling unsatisfied after we have up-skilled or promoted.
Why is this the case?
The most powerful thing you can do is to direct your FOCUS and ENERGY.
Our brain filters out a lot of information (this is called RAS) so this means unless you consciously choose where you place your focus, you will be reacting to your life rather than creating your life the way you want it.
What we focus on is where our energy goes.
If you have clarity and understanding of what you want your life to look like, then your focus will go towards attaining that.
If you are winging it then your unconscious mind is in control and you’re reacting to life, which means you will say yes to opportunities that look good on the outside and are meaningless to you internally. Many people say yes because they don't know what else to do so they yes in hope that things will just work out.
An example of this is going to work just for the money. It’s okay at first (first week, 2 weeks or 6 months) then it’s hard to motivate yourself to get out of bed every morning for work. You find it boring and it lacks purpose, and may find yourself thinking “what difference am I making?”.
The opportunities that we have said yes to because they look good on paper are not always what we genuinely want. Unless you uncover what you’re passionate about you will keep trying things out until something sticks. There is a faster and easier way to do this.
Do the inner work first and ask yourself what is important to you, then act.
Opportunities are everywhere. Knowing what suits you best and who you are is the key to working in a career that is fulfilling and meaningful to you.
If our passions as children were not valued or nurtured, we will find it hard as adults to know what we want to be when we grow up. That does not mean you stop trying as an adult to find out what that is. You start with changing your approach.
After working in the Environmental science industry for 5 years I had ample opportunities and not one of them felt like something I really wanted or that I was enthusiastic about. I was offered to study a PhD (doctorate on a specific subject), there is no other degree higher than a doctorate. This was the perfect example of a course that would not have lead me to something that gives me purpose because I did not feel excited, motivated or certain with moving towards that, it just didn’t feel right for me. I had tried working for both private and not for profit organisations in the industry and went from job to job and I still felt no satisfaction with the career I had chosen. That was because I was taking action without doing the inner work first.
The job that you love has more to do with the people you work with, the tasks you do every day and whether what you’re doing gives you purpose, autonomy and growth (Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us).
To understand what that is you need to start with what you know so far and explore what you don’t know.
I don’t know what I am passionate about
Explore this further before making long term decisions and spending time and money on a course.
Identify ideas and experiment with them.
Explore who you are outside of social norms and outside of distractions
Do the inner work first then create goals. The inner work helps you see what rules and limits your placing on your growth and what idea you are pushing aside because of fear
Explore ideas that light you up
If you mention an idea that you’re not excited or motivated for but you’re doing it because you think you should then that’s a sign that you need more information before you make the move
Give yourself space and time to explore who you are when you’re not working
So how do you know you’re choosing the right course to advance your career options? You know it is right for you:
When you have a vision of your ideal career/life and this course will help you attain this ideal career/life
You are not limiting yourself by the skills you have now.
You have confidence that you can learn the skills and you don’t need to know how yet, which means you can do anything you put your mind to. So dream BIG.
The subjects in the course intrigue you and you enjoy studying them so much that you are excited for it to be over so you can apply what you learnt.
If you would like to create more career opportunities for yourself and you don’t know where to start, book in a free discovery session with me and we can see if we’re the right fit and how I can help you during this time.
Upskilled Annual Australian Career Survey (2016). Uncovering Australia’s workplace and educational needs Second Edtion.
RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc