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Professional guidance as an ally to manage your own restart

How do I find my way? There is a lot of information, and confusion too. And in this maremagnum, it certainly becomes useful to have professionalism, models and tools to be able to do a little more clarity.

The orientation is crucial to show the possibilities that the world of work can offer, for example there are several jobs, some still little known, which are still waiting to be handed down before we can start to develop a certain type of interest and involvement in them. Without information, there can be no interest. Without interest, there is no drive for discovery and training. If there is no formation, there is no  growth.

However, when information begins to be many and within everyone’s reach, the result of the growing digital revolution, it is necessary to take a step further and understand how to orient with respect to one’s own attitudes and to one’s real “personal drive”. Many things are known, others are known less, others are not known at all and in the choice, there is a lot of influence that derives from the models dictated by the school, from family and from the group of friends, with the consequences that can then arise. Paradoxically, the risk today of getting lost becomes much higher than when, in the past, school and then professional paths were much more linear and information and possibilities less numerous.

It is therefore this greater possibility of experimenting that can lead to disorientation, not only in young people for the choice of their career path, but also in the adult phase. From this point of view, if well managed, social networks can be useful allies as a means of information for professional orientation, just think of communication managed by professionals and companies for the recruitment of new talents. Often, however, the root problem is another, namely: Do I know myself? Do I know what I want? Do I know my talents? Without a real course to follow, navigating in sight in the disparate ocean of information can become very risky, especially if you do not have particularly strong internal levers to follow, practical experiences as a “testbed” and instead, on the other hand, there is the constant “hurry to start” or worse, the fear of being left behind. Without a clear course, there cannot even be one clear and effective CV for any type of company or job position.

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At the intergenerational level, the first question to ask yourself to start or change your professional career is always the same: Am I sure what I really like to do? In my professional experience, for example, it has happened many times to follow adults who are dissatisfied with their work, recognizing in the past a problem linked to the lack of information and orientation towards something more satisfying for themselves. Sometimes it also happens to undertake professional paths “a little by chance”, which can however lead to unexpected passions rather than, on the contrary, opening up a series of questions regarding one’s future : I’m sure / to want to continue on this path? What I chose yesterday, would I choose again today? I can change? What am I good at? Learning to listen to yourself is very important to be able to build a linear path of authentic career.

The orientation, from this point of view, is to be considered as a valid ally also in the adult phase, and not only at the beginning of the career as it is often used to place it (think for example to scholastic and university orientation, and vocational guidance in high schools) In the myriad of information present, even the adult, as well as the young today, is exposed to numerous stimuli and changes, therefore, to possible confusion and disorientation. Moreover, now more than ever, there is a strong need to understand how to reinvent oneself professionally and how to rethink the transferability of one’s skills in the market of new emerging professions, especially on strong advanced digital.

Change is knocking on everyone’s doors, and will therefore ask each of us to review all the parameters that have characterized our role so far in order to adapt to the new work scenarios. From this point of view, as I wrote a short while ago in an article, the multipotential with their strong propensity to adaptability will benefit the most from it (from different points of view). But on the one hand, young people will also be able to guide adults towards digital skills through a training process called reverse mentoring.

Each of us is clearly called to action, this is the right time to redirect our route and team up between different professions, talents and generations.