Atlanta — Sept. 24
For students choosing a course of study or for those considering what kind of work will stand the test of time, Crown Financial Ministries spent more than 10 years developing and fine tuning the newly re-launched Career Direct using standard psychometric principles of testing and measurement and putting those to work in 17 languages.
Crown has learned that some career mistakes can be avoided, beginning with too little time spent in considering what are a person’s best skills and talents.
Through research, Crown identified eight common errors people make when taking a job and when trying to find a career that will satisfy.
1. Choosing the first or easiest job you can get. To choose a job based on its ease is not being a good steward of talents and abilities. Our goal should always be to move into areas in which we use our strengths.
2. Choosing a job based on salary. This error is so established in our culture that it’ll take a strong commitment to a larger vision to choose a job based on talents, rather than on money alone. And if that high-paying job disappears, your resume advertises you with skills in a profession you may hate.
3. Choosing a job because it provides a good title. Doing what you’re good at and what you enjoy is generally a far better consideration in choosing a career than selecting a title and doing the work that accompanies it. You are not your title.
4. Taking a job just because management offers it. Discuss your work-related attributes with your employer to indicate the areas that will be the best fit for you. You may be better off expanding your area of responsibility in your present job, instead of moving away from your skills and area of expertise.
5. Choosing a job because that’s what your parents do. While it is fine to follow in your parents’ footsteps, make sure that you share their skill sets and passions for the work. Don’t choose a career track only because that’s what your parents do. Discover your gifts and develop your career plans around them.
6. Choosing a job to fulfill your parents’ unfulfilled dream. Parents must be careful not to steer their children toward something the parents would like alone; rather, children should be encouraged to follow a career path that best suits them.
7. Choosing a job just because you have the minimum ability to do it. There are many jobs we can do, but a job that involves our strongest skills, our personalities, and our motivations will take us farther and last longer.
8. Choosing a job or major without any serious individual study. Before investing years of your life or possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in education, take serious time to reflect on your skills and interest. Don’t spend more time researching the next car you’ll buy than you spend researching your career.
Source: Crown Financial Ministries