your professional project

This document is a simple career review support, providing you with a process, tools and exercises.

Objective:

Help you build your professional project in a few key steps.

Practically

  • You can do this review alone. We recommend you to involve your relations in the process. They will provide you with information and feedback, open new perspectives and bring contradiction.
  • This document is ideally used with the support of a career consultant. It should give you the opportunity to exchange in a benevolent and neutral environment, to get feedback and multiple perspectives. (more information in the  e-support area)

 

 

Your career path

 

From Seneque:

"There is no good wind for one who doesn't know where he is heading for"

 

... to China:

"If you remain oppen to opportunities, you may arrive in a place that will be a thousand times more interesting."

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Tell your story

Let's imagine you are writing your Bio. What would you write about your childhood, about the environment where you have grown up? Which events, readings, people have had the most durable influence on you. What can you say about the choices you have had to make?

Have you been living abroad? explain what have been your expatriation experiences. What surprised you? What kind of difficulties did you face? How did you get rid of them?

Write also about your academic background, about your ideas,... about your non professional activities, your hobbies, passions and projects.

Your career steps

Review each of your career steps:

 

  • Try to remember the way you were at each step:  images, feelings, emotions...

 

 

  • At each step, tell the reason why you have changed.

 

 

 

Your level of satisfaction

Go back to your career steps and translate them into a chronological report with a particular focus on the levels of your motivation in each period. 

 

Indicate at which moment your level of satisfaction was at its highest and , on the contrary, at which moments your level of motivation was low.

Try to make comments on what can explain changes in your level of motivation from one period to the other.

 

 

Take an additional moment to think about whatever the graphics inspires to you:

  • Which emotions are linked to pics and valleys?
  • How does this chronological representation tells you about yourself and your career path?

 

Expertise, strengths and weaknesses

A this stage, how would you define your area of expertise?

How would you describe your strengths in terms of:

  • knowledge ?
  • experience ?
  • achievements ?
  • personal characteristics ?

 

 

 

Your motivations

It is when you feel motivated that you can express the full dimension of your capacities and are the most likely to develop new skills.

 

 

Performance =

Skills X Motivations

 

 

 

  

Make an auto assessment of the circumstances when you feel the most motivated:

  • In which situations are you full of energy? In which situation are you rather lacking energy?
  • In your previous jobs, what did you appreciate or dislike?
  • How could you define the key components of your motivation at work?

 

 

Your expatriation

You are on expatriation or planning to go living abroad?

  • Going abroad may potentially have a considerable impact on your professional project.
  • In some cases, you can be brought to consider the expatriation as an exceptional transition period within your career path. The implementation of your professional project may be delayed. Your professional project in itself can be influenced. 

Your project of expatriation

At this stage, take the time to think about what this expatriation means to you.

 

 

  • What is important?
  • What do you want to get out of it?
  • On which criteria will you consider the experience a success?

 

 

 

 

Find a new activity

It is important to clarify what this objective means in terms of needs and expectations

 

Finding a new activity: how meaningful is it for you?

Is it a way :

  • to earn money ?
  • to facilitate your integration ?
  • to be autonomous?
  • to get an active status ?
  • to develop your skills ?
  • to practice your profession ?
  • to remain in the fast career tracks ?

 

Organize all relevant items, starting with the one that makes the most sense for you.

Keep only the 3 first items. What do they tell about your motivations? what new perspectives do they potentially offer you in order to cahieve your objective?

 

Think also about your personal constraints.

  • Do you intend to work full time or only part time. Do You want your occupation to leave you with enough free time to travel,…?

Try to make a list of these constraints, with as much detail as possible.

 

Constraints and opportunities in the host country

Constraints

  • Do you need a work permit?
  • Is your profession subject to specific legal requirements ?

 

And on a personal basis:

  • What are your own constraints, for example in terms of schedules, business trips, vacations...

 

Opportunities

  • Does the host country offers particular opportunities?( for example, because of your area of expertise, your professional experience or your culture of origin...). 

► Exchange about this set of opportunities with your network, and make a list of the most relevant ones.

The array of possibilities

Amongst the following possibilities, which ones would suit you best, with respect to your current situation?

 

  • Find a job
  • Create my own job
  • Complete my training
  • Engage in a not for profit activity
  • Other...

 

 

 

On what condition ?

Try to consider the goods and bads related to each potential solution.

 

Your achievements

 

 

  • Your achievementss
  • the skills you have developped

 

 

 

 

 

Make a list of your achievements

Describe your achievements in detail.

For each activity, take the time to consider the following elements:

  • What waw the context?
  • Which particular challenges and difficulties did you have to face? 
  • What results did you achieve?
  • How did you manage to achieve those results?

 

 

 

Try to remain as neutral as possible and don't limitate yourself to the exploration of your last assignments: all your experiences, including your non professional experiences, can throw additional useful lights on your achievements and on how they can be translated in transferable skills.

 

Make an inventory of your skills

Starting from your achievements, describe your areas of knowledge and skills.

 

  • Your areas of knowledge
  • Your skills (knowledge in practice)

 

 

 

Organise your skills by level: 

from 1 to 4 according to the degree of expertise.

 
4- Expertise Conceive, innovate
3- Practical Implement theoretical principles
2- Knowledge Understand methods, Problem analysis
1- Notions Give a definition of a tool or a field of expertise

 

Tips:

If Your (former) company happened to use a skills referential, you can use it as a support to your reflexion.

 

Your project

Refine your project

(Synthesis)

 

 

 

► Your profile today

► What you want to do

► Your specifications

 

 

 

 

 

Your profile today

      Strengths                 weaknesses          

Skills

 

   

Motivations

 

   

Social relations

 

   

Personal characteristics

 

   

Your offer

This step is key for:

- Having a clear idea of what is essential

- Being able to present it clearly:

  • Your skills
  • Your Strengths?
  • Your weaknesses?

Your pitch

Which jobs or positions are you looking for?

  • What are you going to emphasize in your presentation?
  • Amongst your professional achievements, which one are you going to promote?

If you were a recruiter, what would you be likely to understand about:

  • Your strengths?
  • Your weaknesses?

Your offer of skills

How to present yourself in a few minutes on a networking event or on a recruitment interview?

Here are 3 fields of information that you may seize the opportunity to present:

  • Your identity
  • Your career path
  • Your offer of skills  (what you have done, what you can do in the future).