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Career Tip: Knowing Your Skills is not Enough – What Drives You?

Our newest associate *Ray Huizenga (Welcome Ray!) has had a wonderful career where he was able to explore his passion for human resources work in many capacities. He has served as a personal coach and mentor to numerous individuals at all levels in organizations, from executive team members to new graduates, and has helped many individuals realize and achieve their full potential and career objectives (Don’t you love the photo of him pursuing another passion of his?)

Ray’s early skill set, however, led him on another path and he actually started his career as an engineer. His strong skills in math led to a full scholarship to an engineering program – an offer too good to pass up. Or was it? He pursued an engineering career for a number of years after graduating, but never felt fully comfortable or rewarded by his career until he finally found his calling in Human Resources. This change in career came after 16 years, and was facilitated by working with 2 coaches that helped him match career direction with his personality and personal values.

We help our clients determine, not just their skills, but what drives them and motivates them enough to get up and go to work every day. Your college major doesn’t necessarily have a linear connection to your future fulfilling career, and that’s OK.

Read more about career drivers here and treat figuring out your career drivers as a serious project. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What are your favorite courses? Think about why. Was it the content, the professor, the other students?
  • What are your favorite extracurricular activities? Why?
  • What aspects of your jobs and internships have you most enjoyed?

We also recommend these critical tools:

  • Informational interviews are a fantastic way to get inside views into other people’s careers and expand your understanding of the world. Read more about informational interviews here. 
  • Thorough career assessment and testing – We use a proprietary assessment tool specifically for college students and recent graduates that we developed with our colleagues at Career Portrait, but there are others.

Career coaches can be a great resource for the support students need during the transition from college into career. Contact us for a free consultation.

*Ray Huizenga has over 30 years of business, human resources, leadership and consulting experience. He has held leadership roles in diverse organizations, including a Fortune 200 utility, insurance, high tech manufacturing, software and consulting firms. In three of these companies he has served as VP – Global HR.  Ray has helped organizations achieve a competitive advantage through their people by aligning HR strategy and plans with business objectives, and by engaging and aligning employees.

Ray’s passion for HR work has always centered on helping individuals realize and achieve their full potential and career objectives. He has served as a personal coach and mentor to numerous individuals at all levels in organizations, from executive team members to new graduates. Many of these individuals have gone on to take several promotions, move into better jobs and/or start new careers. He has also worked with students from high school through college, helping them select and move into careers consistent with their vision.

Ray has a B.E. and M.M.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology, and splits his time between offices in Portsmouth, NH, and Myrtle Beach, SC.

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