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People often ask me for career advice… thinking I know better than them what they really want to do. Here’s how I try to help them find an answer. I start by asking “what do you like best, and least, about the jobs you’ve already had”: making a list like that helps identify a direction. Then I ask “if you could wave a magic wand, what would you rather be doing”: it’s good to dream as you plan a career.  And lastly, I encourage them to complete a simple SWOT analysis on themselves: identifying their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats puts things in perspective. Armed with the answers to these 3 questions,  it usually becomes clear that the best job is the one they currently have – the trick is making it the one they want. If this is a question you’re pondering, work with your supervisor to find the right mix of the things you like and can do to help maximize your performance, effectiveness and job satisfaction. That’s how to thrive in your job today

Ashley Goodall: SVP of Leadership and Team Intelligence at Cisco Systems, Inc