Recently, a talk show had an astrologer and numerologist consult audience members about career-related information. It is intriguing, but would you trust career advice from an astrologist? Do you think that the core numbers in your life are the keys to determine the right career for you? Obviously, there are many people who find value in these consultations. Today on Yelp, there are 195 astrologers in New York City. What can we take away from the astrological and numerological perspective?
If you consult an oracle of any kind, what are you really seeking? You want to know the future. You want to know the right path to take so you can be prosperous. Astrology and numerology provide clues to your personality, strengths and attributes. For example, this insight may confirm that your chosen field of nursing is right. You may learn that you may be better suited as a nurse educator than an ER nurse.
Although kings and leaders have relied on the counsel of astrologers for centuries, not everyone believes that our date of birth controls our destiny or shapes who we are. A lot of people consider the practices of numerology and astrology to be pure entertainment. For those of you in that camp, you can gain perspective from the broader concept of learning about yourself to make wise decisions. There are more scientific ways to assess your gifts and choose a career.
Personality testing, such as Myers-Briggs, Caliper Personality Test and Keirsey Temperament Sorter are widely-accepted tools. These personality tests can determine if you have the personal characteristics to be successful in a particular job.
360 degree interviews help you learn how others see you. Interview people that report to you, people that you report to, associates, clients and partners. Often others will see aspects of your personality or skills that you had not noticed or had not recognized as valuable.
Self-appraisal and reflection is a valuable exercise. Yet, most of us don’t take the time to ponder our unique values and what we enjoy doing.
You may seek consultation by one of the almost 200 astrology consultants in NYC, or you may choose one of the more traditional career exploration methods. Either way, take the time to gain deeper understanding of your characteristics, skills and preferences so you can follow the career path to your destiny.
Debra Wheatman is a certified writer and career coach who has guided the professional development of thousands of clients globally. She is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.