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Over the years, many PIT members have confessed to me that they're not sure what they want to do. Here are a few exercises that have been most useful in helping professionals to identify their changing skills, needs, and goals.

  • Write, in story or essay form, your ten greatest accomplishments and your ten greatest disasters. Be sure to be as detailed as possible. Look for the commonalties between your successes, and then find out what your failures share. This will give you some insight into your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ask three of your closest friends to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Invite them to offer their input on your career path. Friends can have helpful insights, but be warned - they can also be brutally honest as they offer you their no-hold-barred truths.
  • Diagram your career path, from its beginning to the present, noting its highs and lows. Note whether you've consistently moved ahead, stalled, or rolled backward in your quest for career satisfaction and success. Then ask yourself the critical question: Do you want to "stay the course" and see where the path you've traveled so far will lead, or is it time to move into an as-yet-unexplored direction?

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