Right now, imagine going on a long distance journey to a place you have never been to and you are the one driving. So, as you go on this journey, you just kept driving without paying attention to the road and traffic (directional, warning) signs.
What do you think will happen to you?
The short answer is that you will end up arriving in the wrong destination.
That is exactly how most people have ended.
When they started their career journeys, they never paid attention to the self and career signs that was emblazoned and flashing on their hearts.
Another scenario regarding the journey analogy is that, when some people started on their career journeys, they didn’t pay attention to the signs, rather they listened to bystanders.
Funny enough, the bystanders or pedestrians gave them wrong directions to their career destinations.
Some of these bystanders or pedestrians were our parents, friends, unprofessional career counsellors, TV, media, inexperienced pastors and religious leaders, wrong desires, dreams, and ambitions.
The fact is that you cannot get to your destinations with wrong directions from bystanders and pedestrians.
And the third scenario is asking travellers and other drivers who have been there or know the way to your destination. They can point you or show you the way to your destination. And you will arrive safely, in time, and in the right destination.
So, let me ask you this question, “How do you INTERACT with the world?”
INTERACT here means, how do you to relate with the world?
The world here means, “People”, “Places”, “Ideas”, and “Things”. (PPIT)
These are all that we have in the world.
In other words, if you are in the “PIT”, how do you react.
This can be called the PIT analogy or theory.
When you are in the PIT, how do you react?
People react differently when they are with people.
People react differently when they are in specific places.
People react differently when they experience different ideas.
And lastly, people react differently when they come in contact with things.
If you understand how you relate with people, places, ideas and things, this can guide you into the career you choose to follow.
So, the question that will follow is, “Where do you want to direct your ENERGY and FOCUS?”
Will it be on “People”, or “Places”, or “Ideas”, or “Things”?
So, I can comfortably posit that there are
1. PEOPLE-based career
2. PLACES-based career
3. IDEAS-based career
4. THINGS-based career
Another way to see the above is that, you can choose your career from:
1. People-Boundary Careers
2. Places-Boundary Careers
3. Ideas-Boundary Careers
4. Things-Boundary Careers
However, there can be variations rather combinations. What do I mean? There could be PEOPLE-based career + THINGS-based career combination
Or there could be another combination like THINGS-based career + PLACES-based career.
But, there may likely be a dominant part. Either could be.
For instance, I am a PEOPLE-based career oriented + PLACES-based career + IDEAS-based career.
I explain: I love to work with people. But if I get a job or training that will make me travel often, that would be a great job satisfaction for me.
Again, my work involves sharing ideas. It involves coming up with concepts that we can use to solve people’s career and workplace problems.
So, if I am deficient in IDEAS I may not be able to work effectively as a career consultant and workplace culture trainer.
And if I don’t love travelling to PLACES, I would rather want to sit in a place or a state doing my career consulting.
Do you understand?
Our lives are woven around those four concept: people, places, ideas, and things. All that we do as careers are all tied to them.
All careers are built around those four concepts.
If you can identify that which you love to work with or work around, it will help you to determine the career you should pursue.
How to Identify Your “PIT”
1. Pay close attention to kind of people you feel comfortable relating with, talking about, writing about, and hang around.
2. Pay close attention to the kind of places you love to stay or hang in or around, write about, talk about, see, and think about.
3. Pay close attention to the kind of ideas (concepts) that pull your attention, that you write about, talk about, think about, and always imagined.
4. Pay close attention to things that you love to play with, write about, talk about, and think about.
They are pointers to the direction you should follow.
I am a Career Development Consultant who mentors those who are confused regarding what to do with their lives, or frustrated about their work or struggling to find what they need to do with their lives. I also help train them to become experts in their fields by providing them with significant career-based information, resources (in form of opportunities and networks), and training relevant to their fields in order for them to live their dreams and make a lasting impact in a space of 1 year and beyond.