Attachment – Am I attached to a career or just connected?
Another key skill of a Careers Adviser is to investigate the quality and strength of your career attachments and help to improve them. Many of our clients had become informed and connected to the careers they were attracted to, but they had not become attached. Instead, they remained detached or ‘outside the circle’ looking in to where they are attracted. Eventually, they gave up and tried for something else or stayed in a career they ‘fell into’. If they got the chance of a job they would have loved, just being connected is not enough and they were uncompetitive at interview. Attachment is about actually becoming engaged and invested in the information, opportunities and people. Become part of the career by doing something in the career, through attachment to it.
Work experience might be the most obvious example of attachment. At first this can appear out of reach but there are so many possibilities and creative ways to become attached through information, opportunities and people. By taking the approach of seeking to strengthen your attachments to a particular career, you start to do things differently and think differently about opportunities which might be more meaningful than you first thought.
For example, someone attracted to financial services may not realise that their part time job in hospitality gives them an attachment and access to consumer payment systems, financial transactions and banking. Someone attracted to digital marketing may not fully realise their attachment and access to digital services when they fill up a supermarket trolley for click and collect.
As we begin to attach ourselves to careers, we are also testing our attraction. As we learn about a career from the inside, it may become less attractive! So, try another attraction. The goal of attachment is to feel our attraction continue as our attachment is strengthened to form an articulated career aspiration. A career idea. A plan.