I’ve found that there are 3 key elements that can help you choose the career that will allow you to be happy and productive to reach your career resonance. However, I would like to start by explaining what I mean by resonance. According to HyperPhysics, resonance in physics and sound systems refers to the natural frequency of vibration, determined by the physical parameters of the vibrating object, at which it reaches peak vibratory performance (2000).
Now let me explain how resonance applies our careers by elaborating on the 3 key elements.
This is our capacity to adequately perform a specific type of work. It is influenced by our thoughts and preferences (pragmatic or creative, multi-functioning or single functioning, numeric or wordy, extrovert or introvert…etc). So, the first critical step is to know our self which could actually be done by taking psychometric tests like Myers-Briggs, Jung Typology, MBTI and others. In conclusion, knowing our personal aptitude will help us identify what makes us tick hence our “natural frequency of vibration”.
Type of Work
This element is about knowing what type of tasks we enjoy. A job usually contains numerous types of tasks, not all of them which are pleasant. Thus, it’s important to know which type of tasks we really enjoy: is it dealing with people,developing content, building mathematical models, or doing research? Once we are able to actually list the type of tasks that we enjoy then we’d probably have narrowed down the type of jobs that we’ll apply to. Therefore, knowing our preferences in terms of type of work will allow us to choose the type of work that is in tune with our personal aptitude.
Last but not least is the work environment: the actual place you’re working in. Some of us enjoy a 9 to 5 job, others prefer a more flexible schedule. Some people prefer to work in big teams, others prefer small groups. Some prefer to work in a well-structured big company, while others prefer a more dynamic and less bureaucratic small company. All those play a major factor in making us comfortable to do the type of work we like to do.
Knowing the type of work environment that suits us allows us to really pinpoint the places we prefer to work in and thus complete the chain of “Career Resonance”.
So as an example, here is my own breakdown of the 3 elements:
||Type of work
- Multi-tasking person
- Night Owl
- Fast paced
- Hyper focused
- High emotional intelligence
- Bad Memory
- Un-interested in routine/mundane tasks
- Challenge Seeker
- Researching & writing
- Setting strategies and plans & follow up on their implementation
- Coordinating numerous team members and tasks
- Individual work if it requires focus and a fast pace
- Teamwork when it is about ongoing tasks/responsibilities
- Prefer small teams and minimal bureaucracy
- Friendly/family like work environment where professionalism isn’t about rigidity
- Flexible work schedule, with possibility of work-at-home over-night
So as you can see, using the above 3 elements to find the right career for me in the right work environment is definitely a challenge.However, I’m already in a workplace that fulfills quite a lot of the above; thus I’m being able to achieve much more than in my previous job , Also, despite all the challenges and risks that I had to take to start achieving my career resonance, it was absolutely worth it!
The same applies to you.So, go ahead and define your preferences and needsand make your choice to leap towards your career resonance.