Recruiting 101: The Power of Self-Discovery: How the Seven Stories Exercise Can Change Your Career Trajectory

Oct 9 / Thomas Bartelsen
If you're feeling stuck in your career, don't lose hope. Take the time to explore your inner self and find your true passions and values. The Seven Stories Exercise can guide you towards a new path that aligns with your interests. With a positive attitude and an open mind, you can unlock your full potential and create a professional life that brings you true fulfillment.

This is essentially a storyboard for your professional journey. A storyboard serves as a visual representation of the events and milestones in your career.

Introduction: What is Self-Discovery, and Why is it significant for Career Orientation 

Self-discovery is understanding oneself, including strengths, weaknesses, values, and goals. It is essential to career orientation because it helps individuals clarify what they want and create meaningful career possibilities. The power of self-discovery lies in its ability to empower individuals to take control of their career trajectory and make informed decisions about their future. The Seven Stories Exercise is a tool that can help individuals identify their unique background and leverage it to create opportunities that align with their values and goals.

Individuals can take the following steps toward their dream job by crafting an actionable plan based on self-discovery. Ultimately, self-discovery is about empowering oneself to make choices that lead to a fulfilling and lasting career trajectory.

The Seven Stories Exercise: What It Is and How to Do It 

The Seven Stories Exercise is a powerful tool for self-discovery to help you identify your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. This exercise involves reflecting on seven different stories from your life that have significantly impacted who you are today. You can better understand your values, goals, and unique background by analyzing these stories. To begin, think of seven novels that have influenced your life, such as a significant accomplishment, a challenging experience, or a moment of personal growth. Then, reflect on each level and consider what it reveals about your character, skills, and passions. By doing so, you can gain clarity on what you want in life and how to leverage your strengths to create meaningful career possibilities. Ultimately, the Seven Stories Exercise can empower you to craft an actionable plan to take the following steps toward your dream job and achieve a lasting career trajectory.

Find a fantastic PDF by “The Five O´Clock Club” here to fill out your seven stories. If you struggle with skills, see this comprehensive list of orientations that they provided, as well.

If you struggle with skills, see this comprehensive list of orientations that they provided, as well

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Crafting an Actionable Plan to Take the Next Steps Toward Your Dream Job 

Now that you have gone through the Seven Stories Exercise and identified your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, values, and goals, it's time to take the next step toward your dream job. Crafting an actionable plan is crucial to turn your career aspirations into reality.
So, let´s assume you are a graphic designer and always design Disney characters in your free time. You designed storyboard ideas for it. You do this for hours and love it, but you never dared to apply for Disney or get rejected.

Story:
Character creation for Disney (my storyboard)
Skill: 
Creativeness
Design of figures
Design of voices
Design of noises of them
Design of their own identity based on a storybook I was provided with
Learning
I felt most amazing when I was able to turn something written into life
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- Identify training paths/apprenticeships / free training available and/or similar gigs/ jobs at Disney.
Write an individual development plan for myself on what´s missing.
Time period
6-12 months

Once you got that on a very high level, yo go into the deep dive. Start by breaking down your ultimate goal into smaller, achievable steps. Set specific deadlines and create a timeline to ensure you stay on track. Don't forget to leverage your unique background and skills to create meaningful career possibilities. Network with professionals in your desired field, attend industry events and seek out mentorship opportunities. Remember to stay flexible and open to new opportunities that may arise along the way. Lastly, hold yourself accountable and track your progress. Celebrate your successes and learn from your failures. You can achieve a lasting career trajectory by empowering yourself through self-discovery and taking action toward your dream job.

Empowering Yourself Through Self-Discovery for a Lasting Career Trajectory

In conclusion, self-discovery is a powerful tool to help you unlock your true potential and achieve your career goals. By going through the Seven Stories exercise, you can gain a better understanding of your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, as well as your values and goals. With this knowledge, you can leverage your unique background to create meaningful career possibilities and craft an actionable plan to take the following steps toward your dream job. Empowering yourself through self-discovery is a lifelong process that can help you stay on track and make the most of your career trajectory. With the right mindset and a willingness to explore your true self, you can achieve success and fulfillment in your professional life. So take the time to invest in yourself and discover your true potential – the rewards are well worth the effort!
 
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