What do you really want to do next?

This could be the chance to work on your “blue sky” dreams, will you take it?

If you’re in the happy situation of being able to take some time before moving into your next paid occupation, you might be considering your options.

Could this be the chance to take that “round the world trip” you’ve always promised yourself? Might it be a chance to start a horse riding school out in the countryside or a scuba diving school in Cyprus?

If you are financially strapped, there’s nothing wrong with having “blue sky dreams” such as these. Either way, you need to plan them properly.

If you’re aiming for pure relaxation then you need to calculate the cost, not just of the trip (if that’s what you’re aiming at) but in maintaining your home while you’re away. Bills still need to be paid, lawns cut, gardens looked after and bear in mind insurance companies want to know if your house is being unattended for long periods of time.

If you’re selling up to relocate, realise you might not be able to sell at the price you want nor as quickly as you would wish. Have you enough surplus cash to cover you?

If you’re going abroad, have you considered what it is really like to live in a foreign country? Extra costs such as medical expenses, local taxes and transport can quickly eat into your nest egg.

What plans have you made to return home if the business you are planning to run does not turn out to be as successful as you had hoped?

For most of us the “blue sky dream”, if indeed we have one, will remain that. Our priority will be to get a job we like doing, one which will enable us to use, and improve upon, the skills we have, the things we’re good at, what we get satisfaction from and what we value in life.

Our skills tend to fall within five main areas:-

  • People skills – Talking to people, listening to them, advising them, negotiating with them, coaching or counselling them, training or teaching them.
  • Organising skills – Planning things, filing, budgeting, accounting, making things happen, supervising, leading or managing a team.
  • Creative skills – Writing, painting, drawing, designing, coming up with new ideas, new ways to do things.
  • Number skills – Adding up, other mathematical processes, constructing graphs, keeping accounts, finding patterns or relationships in numbers.
  • Industry based skills – Anything specific to the industry you currently work in, chemical, construction, catering, health care, banking or finance. Anything specific relating to the functions of business, marketing or sales, personnel, manufacturing.

What we get satisfaction from varies, for example,

do you like helping people or not,
do you want to be in charge or are you happier following instructions,
do you want to set your own pace of work and choose what you do and when you do it or are you better with a fixed timetable.

Finally, what do you value in life and will your job help you match with those values. Things like:

adventure, change, variety,
challenge, detail, expression,
being influential, recognition,
risk, social hours, team work, travel.

Once you can put these in order and take them into account with your skills and satisfaction factors, you’re well on the way to designing what the perfect job for you would look like.

Compare the jobs you are applying for and the jobs you are offered with this list. It will help you work out whether or not you’ll be happy in that position.

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