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Authentic Vocation™

Created by Marcia Bench, Founder of the Career Coach Institute, the Authentic Vocation ™ model leads the individual through a series of exercises that explore everything from Life Purpose to personal motivators and interests. The Authentic Vocation ™ model is based on three foundational principles: 

  1. Every person has a central life purpose, that if realized through his or her work as it develops and changes over time, generates optimum work fulfillment.
  2. It is possible for all people to find or create work that expresses their life purpose, utilizes their skills, meets a need in the world and is financially viable.
  3. To achieve this ideal, each person's purpose, values, motivators and interests, skills, experience, job goals and desired work environment must be determined and then filtered through business reality.

As such, the following exercises are designed to be used in conjunction with a career coach, but may be used individually to begin the process of discovering your Authentic Vocation.™  

  1. Life Purpose - Based on the idea that everyone has a central life purpose, and that optimum work fulfillment can be achieved when that purpose is realized through work, this worksheet will help you discover your central life purpose.  Click here.
  1. Work Values - Understanding what your work values are and how to apply them on the job are critical to reducing stress on the job. The work values worksheet will help you identify what's truly important to you in your working environment.  Click here.
  1. Motivators and Interests - What motivates you to do your best? Is it money? Recognition? Status? Find out here.
  1. Knowledge and Skills - While we are all born with certain innate talents and abilities, our repertoire of knowledge and skills are learned strengths that continue to grow as we develop over time. Certain learned skills tend to lend themselves toward particular types of work. This knowledge and skill exercise will help you understand for what types of work your knowledge and skills are best suited.  Click here.
  1. Work Experience - This exercise will help you examine past work experiences to help you articulate past challenges, actions that overcame those challenges and results you've achieved.  Click here.
  1. Job and Career Targets - Now that you understand your purpose, values, motivators and strengths you can begin exploring occupations where those items can be put to use. Utilizing the O*Net occupational database you can begin to explore specific industries/careers where you can put your skills to use.  Click here.
  1. Work Environment - Knowing what type of work environment you thrive in - everything from the geographical location of the job to items such as interaction with co-workers, pace and variety of work, and even the corporate size and culture will impact your optimum work fulfillment. This exercise will help you understand what's important to you in your work environment.  Click here.
  1. Business Reality - Does the ideal job you've description you've created for yourself exist? Is there a need for the type of work you want to do? Will it pay enough to meet your needs? This is where the rubber hits the road to determine how you can turn your ideal job description into reality.  Click here.


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