Most of us have never given serious thought to using social intelligence skills in a professional manner. In fact, the main focus of these skills has always been geared towards nurturing relationships, maintaining acquaintances and fostering family ties. We are generally good at applying social intelligence skills in casual affairs. However, these skills can also prove to be quite effective in choosing the right career. Problem is, we tend to brush off social intelligence indicators such as:
The Gut Instinct
Instinctual feeling comes from our gut once in a while. It especially comes when we are faced with danger. Maybe a bad decision we’re about to make or imminent trouble that awaits us. It is a social intelligence skill that has saved us from trouble countless times. Problem is, we restrict this skill to casual affairs and instead brush it off even when we are about to make a terrible career decision.
Different careers require different psychological preparedness. Problem is, we assume that we are capable of any career simply because our grades are impressive. We then find out the hard way that certain careers are stressful and psychologically taxing despite the fact that we’re qualified for them. This can be blamed on an education system that merely focuses on grades in choosing the right career.
Again, many education systems don’t factor in different personalities. It is assumed that every student has similar learning capabilities. And those that lag behind are simply dismissed as failures and poor learners. But the job market is relatively fair because employers consider personality to be a major determinant in choosing the right candidate.
Passionate Goals and Interests
Typical career goals and interests usually revolve around selfish material wants. It’s usually about owning that car, getting that salary increase or getting promoted. However, we’ve got people that have selfless goals and interests. Their passion is meant to revolutionize their respective careers and improve people’s lives. Service and innovation are their true virtues. Unfortunately, many would rather go for that well paying and unfulfilling career so long as the pay cheque looks impressive. Speaking of which...
Integral and Moral Principles
Everyone has their own unique set of integral and moral boundaries. However, it has become trendy for people to forsake their moral boundaries and cheat their way to success. Same thing applies to careers. We all want to succeed, but not everyone is willing to accept their true career destiny. And as I said earlier, money has become a major prerogative in choosing the right career since moral and integral principles are branded as ’old school’.
How then does one use social intelligence skills in choosing the right career?
#1 Audit any career prospects that might bring about conflict of interests
Since you’re aware of your social intelligence skills, you’ll use them in auditing any career prospects you might have to face in future. And as we all know, many careers today don’t involve smooth sailing. Some have had to compromise on their principles while others have lost their jobs for sticking to them. Such situations can be averted if you use your social intelligence skills in predicting the final outcome of your career.
#2 Assess key strengths that make you fit in naturally to certain careers
Your unique social intelligence skills can give you an added advantage even in the face of stiff job market competition. There are experts that are natural and exceptionally talented in doing their work. It has more to do with instinct than mere effort. This instinct stems from the uniqueness of their social intelligence skills which help them experience the ultimate career fulfillment that one can ever have.
#3 Determine the person you want to be at the end of your career journey
Every journey must come to an end. And at the end of every journey, there are different outcomes. Some people feel like their impressive careers wasted them, while others feel contented despite having been in a low paying career throughout their lives. The final outcome is a paradox that will ultimately be determined by the choice of your career and how you arrived at it.
At the moment it seems that social media is really encroaching on social intelligence skills. It has even reached a point where people interpret social media as the real deal. However, it would be wise to take a balance by considering the words of Jay Baer; "Focus on how to BE social, not how to DO social."
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