Succeed in the workplace
Succeed in the workplace

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Succeed in the workplace

2 How clear are you about what you want?

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Figure 2 Clarity

As you watched the video, you might have wondered how clear you need to be about the kind of work you want, before you start exploring opportunities. One way of thinking about this is to use a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is ‘I have no idea what I want to do’ and 10 is ‘I know exactly what I want to do’. You will have the opportunity to try out this approach, but sometimes thinking about another person’s situation can be a good way into thinking about your own. Try this in the next activity.

Activity 2 Are Christopher’s thoughts clear?

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Now think in a similar way about your own situation.

Activity 3 Are you clear about your aspirations?

Allow approximately 10 minutes

This activity helps you to decide how clear you are about what you want to do, using a scale of 1 to 10, and to sort out what kind of questions you might need to be asking.

1 – represents feeling very confused about what work you want to find.

10 – represents absolute certainty.

Try to choose the number which best represents how you feel at the moment and make a note in your notebook.

Now you have made this judgement, use the questions below to help you to see why you might have rated your level of clarity in the way you did. Write your answers in your notebook.

  1. I chose number ( ) because …
  2. What I know now about the kind of work I want to do is …
  3. What I would like to find out about work opportunities is …


Hopefully, you found that you had some ideas of the kind of work you would like to do, based on your work in Weeks 1 and 2. If you found yourself saying that you have no idea at all, be cautious. Is it really that you do not know? Or are you ruling yourself out of some things that might appeal to you? If you really are unsure, have a look the OU Careers Advisory Service website [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] to get some more help.

Whether you are absolutely clear about what you want to do, or just have a vague idea with lots of doubts, you need to do some testing of what opportunities are available and what they might demand of you before you can start to pursue the work of your choice.

Remember, at this stage, you are not committing yourself to anything. You are just exploring the options. You can afford a bit of uncertainty. You can also afford to change your mind if your discoveries show that your initial ideas are not your best ones.

You’ve now got an idea or ideas to work on. Your next task is to refine these further.


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