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Psychologist Rob Archer identifies why creative problem solving is essential when thinking about your best career. Includes exercises to try out and tips for career changers.

Psychologist Rob Archer identifies why creative problem solving is essential when thinking about your best career. Includes exercises to try out and tips for career changers.

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  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com
  • For further questions about creative problem solving please contact Rob at rob@thecareerpsychologist.com

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  • How to think creatively about your career By Rob Archer C.Psychol
  • Why Creative Problem Solving?
    • Our brains tend to make shortcuts and assumptions that very often go on to define how we experience situations and how we live our lives.
    • So when it comes to working out what to do with our lives we often end up thinking the way we always think. Too often, this means that we end up doing what we’ve always done.
    • Therefore, good career decision making is a creative process. It is not only about choosing between options, but also thinking anew about our options.
    • The Career Psychologist uses a wide range of creative techniques to get people thinking in different ways.
    • This short handbook includes a handful to give you an idea and each exercise is designed to throw up career options that you potentially hadn’t considered before.
    • Taking some time to think about possibilities rather than just probabilities may be time worth spent.
  • How to Think Creatively
    • Research shows that creativity is based on quantity , not quality. You need lots of ideas in order to have good ideas.
    • So answer the following questions without thinking too much – just allow your mind to wander – and record all your answers.
    • Finally, don’t subject your new ideas to immediate scrutiny or analysis. Let them live for a while.
    • If you can, ask yourself: if I had to do this for a career, how would I go about it?
    • Then write it down and let your mind get used to the idea before you think of discarding it.
  • Write your Autobiography
    • Think about your life now and how it is possibly in transition. Think about how you want your life to be and what you want to be able to look back on in future. Think about the world before you existed and the world after you cease to exist. Read some obituaries .
    • Finding a quiet place to think, take 30 minutes to write your autobiography in a single page of A4. Try to ensure the following:
    • Make sense of your past and turn it into a coherent story
    • Incorporate the main elements of your one page summary into your story
    • Describe the transition from where you are now to where you want to be
    • Tell the story of your future
    • Bear in mind that the classic structure of a story is one of a personal struggle against adversity which results in change both in yourself and your environment. What struggles will you fight and win in your life?
  • Idea Generator Instructions : Taking 3 of your Interests and 3 of your skills and think about how they could combine. I’ve provided an example of my own below but delete that and re-use the table. Skills Interests e.g. Sport (Cricket) e.g. Technology e.g. Newspapers e.g. Writing Sports journalism Blogging, Twitter for Bloom Weekly newspaper column on career change e.g. Creating new services Career change advice for pro cricketers Free career change exercises online Create a ‘reverse job advert’ section, where people post their own profiles which employers review e.g. Coaching Sports psychology Career coaching online Career coaching clinic - magazine column
  • Idea Generator Instructions : Taking 3 of your Interests and 3 of your skills and think about how they could combine. I’ve provided an example of my own below but delete that and re-use the table. Skills Interests
    • Think of people you know whose jobs really appeal. What appeals to you about those jobs?
    • Imagine you have 1 month to try out a job that appeals to you. Any job. What would you do?
    • What would you think about doing if all jobs paid the same?
    • If you had 3 lives, what would you do with each of them?
    Career Brainstorm
  • Let’s imagine you have 4 or 5 possible career choices in mind, but still feel apprehensive about them. Try examining your choices from different perspective using De Bono’s classic thinking hats game. De Bono’s Thinking Hats Game Hat Colour White hat Red hat Black hat Green hat Yellow hat Blue hat Description Facts and information What would I do next if logic was the only driver of the decision? Feelings & emotions What would I do next if emotions (your heart) were the only driver? Critical judgment If I had to choose one career now to dedicate my life to, what would it be? Alternatives and learning Which career would best encourage my own growth? Positive judgment What would I do if I could do anything? The big picture Which hat should I use more or less of to make a decision? Which hat is most exciting? Job option 1: Job option 2: Job option 3: Job option 4: Job option 5: Job option 6:
  • Developing Opportunities Game
    • The game is designed to encourage you to develop new opportunities based on your current and future competencies.
    • In quadrant A , begin by identifying your current (or past) clients and employers that you have already worked for. Identify any existing opportunities that you know you could do right now.
    • In quadrant B , identify who else (people, groups, organisations, companies) is in need of the same skills and competencies that you currently have.
    • Identify one new skill that you would wish to develop (think of the skills in your 1 page summary).
    • In quadrant C , using this new competency, identify how you could better help your current clients / employers. What new opportunities could you develop with your existing (or past) clients and employers, based on the new skill?
    • In quadrant D , who else could you use your new competencies help? As before, think of individuals, groups, organisations or companies who you could potentially work for.
  • Developing Opportunities Game
  • The Career Psychologist is an independent occupational psychology consultancy based in London. We offer coaching, consultancy, training, measurement and assessment to individuals and businesses looking to make a change for the better. www.thecareerpsychologist.com www.linkedin.com/robarcher