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Fast track process
Column A in the table below shows links to the three (3) phases of LifeWork planning. Column B shows the basic fast track tasks for each phase. Columns C and D show two (2) examples of the results from doing each task in column B.
|Three (3) phases of LifeWork planing
|Basic fast track tasks
|Phase 1: Self-assessment to (re)search myself
||Think of a few keywords that describe what you LOVE to do. (See C1 or D1)
|C1: Write computer code
| D1: Detail vehicles
|Phase 2: Career exploration to (re)define my LifeWork
||Click here to review ONLY "General information about ONET", then use the keywords (occupation titles, tasks, tools, technologies, etc.) you wrote in C1 or D1 to search for occupations.
Create/manage Google Alerts (GA) for these keywords, read email results, then refine your keywords and GAs.
|C2: Computer Programmers
||D2: Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
|Phase 3: (Re)finding my LifeWork (career decision making)
||Find or design a job to do this work.|
Go to CareerOneStop, click "Job Search", type in your keywords (occupation titles, tasks, tools, technologies, etc.) (like the Examples C2 and D2) and select a state. I'd suggest typing quotes around the keywords.
See results like C3 and D3.
| C3: Result (6 jobs in WA)
|D3: There were no results using the above title Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment.
When I searched for "detailer", I found 297 in US and 4 in MA.
Consider starting your own business detailing vehicles like Pit Stop Auto Detailing
The above table is a very brief and simple overview of the LifeWork planning process. If you use this fast track approach you may "luck out" and find your job/LifeWork. However, I think that is very unlikely. The best way to improve your "luck" is to do a much deeper level self-assessment and career exploration. (More about "luck".)
The following is a slightly more detailed fast track approach that might give you a little more confidence about the process and your LifeWork selection.
- Phase 1: Create a preliminary list of 5-7 keywords and/or phrases of the skills, tools, technologies, etc. that you LOVE to use. Think of your current job or recent projects you have had. Consider writing then analyzing C: My top 5 stories
- Phase 2
- Click here to review ONLY "General information about ONET", then use your preliminary list of 5-7 keywords and/or phrases to search for occupations.
- Review all of the occupation-descriptor details in each occupation and select the top ten (10) that appeal to you and merge them with your preliminary list of 5-7 keywords or phrases, and reprioritize them to create a revised list of 5-7 keywords and/or phrases, then repeat the search for occupations until you you have at least five (5) occupations that appeal to you. COPY/PASTE the keywords and/or phrases and the five (5) occupations into a file like My Top 5 Occupations.
- Now summarize that information and place it in a file like A: My One Page LifeWork Profile.
- Print A: My One Page LifeWork Profile. and carry it with you to review and reflect. Repeat the above steps to update your My Top 5 Occupations and your A: My One Page LifeWork Profile.
- Create/manage Google Alerts (GA) using your keywords, phrases and occupations. Review the GA emails you get and, if appropriate,
- Revise your list of 5-7 keywords and/or phrases and repeat Phase 1 and Phase 2 tasks until you are confident with your LifeWork selection.
- Revise your GAs as appropriate.
- Phase 3: Use the information you have collected so far to search for your LifeWork or designing it.