Dr. Laurence Shatkin just posted a tweet about a four (4) page PDF entitled "Career planning the second time around" which is pages 12-15 of the Summer 2009 • Occupational Outlook Quarterly.
I mention it here because the article emphasizes the need to "know yourself" through self-assessment and reflection. "Knowing yourself" is not only important the "second time around", it is also important everytime you either think you are about to have, are in the middle of one, or have just come through a transition. (http://lifeworkps.com/transitions)
But most career changers need to assess themselves, especially their skills and interests. “Self-awareness is critical, but it’s not much appreciated or understood,” says Jansen. “It’s important in identifying what you want to do, what your skills are, and what you don’t—and do—like about your current occupation.”Self-assessment is step 2 of the career/lifework planning process. Reflection is step 6.
Self-assessment can be a difficult process because it involves identifying personal flaws as well as strengths, and failures as well as successes. “It’s a big stumbling block, because many people are resistant to the process,” says New York career counselor Angel Román. Like it or not, though, career changers need to consider their values, skills, and interests.
As you read the article and review the steps of the career/lifework planning process, you should be thinking about where you will record/collect the data, information and knowledge about yourself. Consider your blog and create a post like mine that I call "My LifeWork Planning Portal". It is the MOST important post in my blog. It shoudl be in yours as well.
Click on the tag "know yourself" below to see other post.