By Vega Subramaniam
I spend a lot of my waking hours thinking about, if not in actual conversation with people about, career transitions. And when I say ‘career transitions,’ I mean in a big way. Breaking from the well-trodden course and radically recalibrating. As in, take someone with a bit of a professional history, but who’s not crazy about what they’re doing for a living, and who can’t quite figure out what to do next.
Simple answer? Figure out what they’re good at, which will naturally lead to what they’re meant to do, right? Right. So, if that person had an opportunity to (shameless plug alert) spend quality time articulating their strengths, skills, and talents, and tell meaningful stories that demonstrate those strengths, skills, and talents—that would be brilliant, right? Done and dusted.
It’s funny. You would think that discovering your strengths, skills, and talents would be an unadulteratedly positive experience.
What does it mean, then, if once talents having been unearthed, ease and confidence still don’t show up? To realize how fraught that exercise is?