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Episode #32: How to Check the Health of Your Career

How Would You Rate The Health of Your Career?

The Claim The Lead podcast is for you if you want to create a meaningfully well-lived life. 

My name is Teena Evert, I am a Career-Centered Life Coach, Trainer, and Podcast Host with a true passion for helping people develop greater self-awareness, satisfaction, and success in their work-life. I help you unlock your possibilities and find a career you love for life!

In this episode, I talk about the essentials of having an end-of-the-year career checkup!

  • Take a brief self-assessment to determine your overall satisfaction level in your work-life.
  • Learn what the two types of career portfolios, when to use them, and how to get started.
  • Create a support plan to create your end-of-the-year career portfolio.

Schedule Your Check-up

If you’re anything like me you wait until the end of the year to see your doctor for your yearly well-woman visit. Well, I actually have to wait one calendar year for it to be covered by my insurance provider and it keeps getting pushed back further and further. Soon it will be at the beginning of the new year, rather than at the very end.

However, just like going in for our yearly check-up at the doctor’s, which is essential to stay on top of your health, it’s also essential to have a career check-up, and what better time than the end-of-the-year!

This episode was sparked by many of my clients who have either recently been let go from their current job or are looking to advance their career by making a career pivot. Whatever the case may be for you, knowing the essentials of a career check-up can help you gain new employment and also advance in your current career or potential career pivot.

What’s a Career Check-Up?

Well, first things first. Get out a piece of paper and something to write with.

We’re going to do some scoring between 1-10. 1 is really lousy feeling and a 10 is really great.

  1. What scores out of 10 would you give for how SATISFIED you are with your life overall?
  2. If you were to give a score out of 10 for how much FUN you’re having in life, what would it be?
  3. If you were to give a score out of 10 for how HAPPY you are in your current CAREER, what would that number be?
  4. Give a score out of 10 for how overwhelmed, BUSY, or stressed you usually feel.
  • What’s your self-assessment of how you’re doing with your overall satisfaction in your work-life?
  • What could be improved in your life at the moment?

If you’re like many of my clients, there is plenty of room for improvement.

One of the best ways to get clear on WHAT it is exactly that needs improvement and HOW you’re going to improve is by creating a year-end Career Portfolio.

Create a Career Portfolio

A Career Portfolio is a visual, organized, and portable collection of documents and artifacts that provides a cumulative record of your experience, skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and attributes. There are actually two types of portfolios: the master portfolio and the presentation portfolio.

First, I’ll talk about the master career portfolio by explaining WHAT it is, HOW it can help you, and WHAT it should include.

Next, I’ll talk about the presentation portfolio by explaining what should be included in it and specifically what it can be used for.

I strongly encourage you to make the creation of your career portfolio a priority as we approach the end of the year and begin a new one. Your portfolio will help inspire you to grow in your career and be more open to new possibilities and opportunities that come your way.

If you did not score an 8 higher on the scoring exercise that we did together at the beginning of this episode, then it’s time to get some additional support to help you create positive change that leads to greater overall work-life satisfaction.

I provide comprehensive career services to my clients to help them launch or advance in their careers. If you would like to learn more about what services are best for you – Let’s Chat!

Wishing you all success on your career journey!

Teena