Forge Career Course

What Should You Really Be Doing With Your Life?

Forge’s 5-day course on finding out what matters most

Illustration: Julia Moburg

The tail end of a global pandemic may not feel like the ideal time to reboot your career. We’ve spent the past year in survival mode — just getting through the day is an accomplishment in itself.

But hear me out: As we emerge from an experience that constantly reminded us of the fragility of life, I believe this is the exact right moment to pause and ask the big questions: Am I doing the work I want to be doing? What truly bolts me out of bed in the morning? What matters most to me — not some idealized version of me?

Your course leader Felicia C. Sullivan.

I’ve noticed that when it comes to making career moves, we typically go with what we think makes the most logical sense. We might look at the last three jobs on our résumé and figure, “Well, I guess this company/role/project is the next linear step.” Or we’ll make moves out of desperation — maybe we’re hoping to escape a nightmare boss, burnout, or unemployment.

But by taking a step back to look at all the decisions we’ve made and paths we’ve taken, we can see how we ended up where we are today and, more importantly, where we should go next. In my own periods of career uncertainty, these words from Franciscan friar Richard Rohr have resonated: “There’s no nonstop flight from order to reorder. You’ve got to go through the disorder.”

I’ve created this course to help you do just that. As a veteran marketer who believes in methodology and the power of process, I applied the brand-building techniques I’ve used over two decades to create a map that can help reveal the work you’re meant to do.

Over the next five days, you will:

  • Identify how you’re spending (or squandering) your time.
  • Discover what makes you shine and thrive.
  • Learn how to leverage your skills, passions, and goals to design the job and life you deserve.

If you’re a freelancer, this might look like retooling some of your offerings or introducing a new income stream. If you’re working a nine-to-five job, this could be a guide to positioning yourself for a promotion, pay raise, or lateral move. And if you’re stuck in between, this course can be a tool for reinvention, a way to assess your career and rewrite your story for potential employers and recruiters.

Let’s take a look at our five-day roadmap.

Day 1: How do you want to spend your time?

This day is all about reflection and path-setting, and everything starts with the most valuable resource: time. You’ll define how you’re currently spending your time and how you want to be spending it, as well as how to close the gap between the two. Go to Day 1 here.

Day 2: What do you want to be known for?

You’ll focus on setting your core foundation—your values, purpose, and vision—to define what you want to be known for. Go to Day 2 here.

Day 3: What are your 3Cs?

With my 3C Self-Discovery approach — which I’ve used in building brands, writing a novel, and redefining my own job — you’ll analyze your company (you), your customer (your boss or client), and your competition (your peers). This is more than pulling out your résumé and scanning the last few jobs you’ve held. It’s an examination of your career, the skills and expertise that brought you where you are now, and any unexplored terrain worth navigating. Go to Day 3 here.

Day 4: What patterns do you see?

You’ll assess the 3Cs to find patterns, determine your opportunity, and identify a path forward. The objective here is to mine for gold amid the rubble. Go to Day 4 here.

Day 5: What’s your ideal new role?

You’ll affirm your purpose, write your ideal job role and description, tell your story, and begin to build your action plan. Go to Day 5 here.

After day five, you’ll have the foundation to create an action plan. Buckle up and stock up on snacks, friends, because we are going for a ride. Follow me, Felicia C. Sullivan, to make sure each new post appears in your feed. I can’t wait to see you back here on Monday.

Note: 3C Self Discovery is a trademark of Felicia C. Sullivan/Phoebe & Kate, LLC.

Marketing Exec/Author. I build brands & tell stories. Work in Human Parts, OneZero, Forge, Index & Marker. Hire me: Brand & Content eBooks:

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