Survey: Skills Based Approach, Planning Stage

According to a recent LinkedIn study, one in three adults claim to have actually achieved their childhood “dream” job. You can improve your chances of landing your “dream job” by creating a well, thought out plan to acquire the necessary skill set. A professional website has functionality to support the planning stage of developing your skill set.

The planning stage in developing your skill set is a two-step process. First, you identify your strengths, personality traits, and inner motivations (passions) and then leverage them in selecting a career path and related skill set.  Second, you plan concrete ways to learn each skill in the skill set – such as taking a course or accepting a project at work. In the survey, Skill Based Approach, one objective is to understand how much weight a professional should put on each influence – strengths, personality traits, and inner motivations – when planning their future.

Career Planning
Career Planning

A clear majority of the respondents “strongly agree” that you can learn a skill “if you work on developing it and am determined to learn it properly”; moreover, 49.58% of the respondents disagree that you “should only develop skills based on your strengths”. Don’t be discouraged if you need to learn a skill and it is challenging to you, work hard and do your best to learn it properly.

The survey did not address the advantages in planning your career based on an evaluation of your strengths. Although, according to the Gallup website, there are a few advantages in utilizing your strengths: people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the job; teams that focus on strengths every day have 12.5% greater productivity.

Many of the respondents – the largest segment (44.54%) – “somewhat agree” that you should “pursue a career and develop skills based on the results of a personality test”. This indicates that you should consider taking a personality test and evaluate the results as you plan out your career.

As the results of the survey unfolded, I was surprised by the response of a significant majority regarding how strengths, personality traits, and inner motivations should influence your career decisions; I was expecting the opposite.  My opinion is that you should take a strengths and personality test, find out your competencies and how you work, and then find careers that follow these results and consider your inner motivations as you narrow down the list. Maybe this is my over-analytical mind spinning, but I figure you should build your career around your core-competencies.  The clear message from the survey, however, is to follow your inner-motivations when you plan out your career; according to the same LinkedIn study, the most important characteristic of a dream job is “taking pleasure in your work”.

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