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Career Make-Over; Vague Goals Hurt Quest for Fulfilling Job
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Career changes; Job satisfaction; Career development planning
Author: Vaughn, Susan
Date: Nov 5, 2000
Start Page: W.1
Section: Work Place; PART- W; Financial Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

[Nicholas Lore] had [Norma-Jean Strickland] take a battery of assessment tests and submit detailed biographical materials to him so he could learn more about her skills, personality and interests. The tests showed Strickland to be a "generalist/tribal personality" who would be most satisfied working in groups on multifaceted projects. Strickland also scored highly in "non-spatial orientation" (abstract thinking), design memory (recall of visual imagery) and manual dexterity.

Difficulties arose when it came time for Lore and Strickland to decide which vocational positions would best suit her. This was because, while perusing Strickland's writings, Lore discovered several unresolved conflicts in her aspirations. For example, Strickland had indicated that she wished to pursue entrepreneurship and corporate employment. She also said she wished to work independently and in groups.

Most hindering, though, was the vagueness of Strickland's job ideals (e.g., "flexibility," "variety," "creativity"), Lore explained. He suggested that before Strickland considers her career options, she needs to pinpoint her most marketable--and best-loved-- skills and abilities.

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