Fast track

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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.

 A B  C D
Three (3) phases of LifeWork planing
Basic fast track tasks Example #1 Example #2
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.

  1. 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
  2. Phase 2
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Now summarize that information and place it in a file like A: My One Page LifeWork Profile.
    4. 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.
    5. Create/manage Google Alerts (GA) using your keywords, phrases and occupations. Review the GA emails you get and, if appropriate,
      1. 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.
      2. Revise your GAs as appropriate.
  3. Phase 3: Use the information you have collected so far to search for your LifeWork or designing it.
We think that the above approaches are still to brief and simple and HIGHLY recommend that you Make this site YOURS to do your LifeWork planning! and spend sufficient time in Phase 1: Self-assessment to (re)search myself and Phase 2: Career exploration to (re)define my LifeWork and Phase 3: (Re)finding my LifeWork (career decision making) to build up your complete confidence about the process and your LifeWork selection.


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