Career Tips

Never Had A Clue, Still Have No Idea?

By Paul Diamond

“I’m one of those that never had a clue what career path they wanted to take. I still have no idea.”

Have you ever heard, said or thought the same thing?

If you have I’ll bet you had no idea just how great an answer this really is…

Clues & ideas can always be found in what we do [Image courtesy of _sarchi on]

Saying out loud that you don’t have a clue is an almost perfect place to begin figuring things out.

It’s a clean slate. The absolute beginning of something new. There’s no falling or slipping backwards from here. It’s also a great place because the clues are everywhere and they’re already part of our story. Even if we had no idea they were there up to now. Such always-there, never-fail clues can be found in the detail of your experiences, your choices & your values, talents & goals (take a look at The Career Explorer’s Journal to see more about your unique, personal VTGs). Clues like these add up to a clear, new idea of a direction you’re happy to take. Sometimes they even prove you had an idea all the time. I spend most of my time exploring careers in one way or another and I’m yet to meet someone who can’t gather these clues and see new ideas come together in this way. Every career – the story, the clues & the ideas –  will always be different but the simple building blocks for each person are exactly the same. Never had a clue, still have no idea? Maybe there’s no better place to explore!

(This post was originally published at– reprinted here by permission of the author.)


Paul Diamond has always been linked to the choices we (as individuals) make about work and that’s where he wants it to stay in the future. Before 2007 he worked internationally, focused on interview, assessment, technology and recruitment, spending hours with a wide range of people as they told their career stories and made decisions about the future. In 2007 Mr. Diamond set up KEEP Consulting Ltd, a new talent & career management business to support employers and employees alike. Since 2008, he has been writing and hosting the work/life fusion blog, which gave him his first taste of publicly exploring the subject of careers and work. With plenty of help and support, over the last year he wrote The Career Explorer’s Journal and on Friday 7 May 2010 the book and website were launched. Home for Paul is in the UK, with his wife Nicki and  daughter Eleanor. You can find Paul in the same place Dave Isbell found him, on Twitter:!/career_explorer 


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