‘I Am A Star’
I am a Star framework is based on my real-life experiences, an adaptation of career theories and focuses on transforming thinking patterns within an individual. The ideology behind creating the STAR framework comes from my personal experience. What I learnt from losing my high-profile career to a sudden head injury. How I overcame a major career crisis. Managing an involuntary transition of this nature shook the pillars of my belief. The motivation and resilience of starting all over again with more determination and clarity was possible only with the personal dialogue I created with myself.
I want to introduce ‘I am a STAR’ framework and showcase one of its advantages. This approach will help candidates embark on a new career journey, infuse them with self-awareness with belief and confidence. It will also offer a deeper understanding of the interview processes.
A migrant career coach
Today I hold a responsible position as a Career Coach, where I coach Migrants and graduating international students to be ready to join the New Zealand workforce. At the beginning of our coaching sessions, I see the same self-doubt, lack of confidence, fear, and anxiousness in the candidate’s eyes. Everything I say or do can make a huge difference in the way they perceive themselves and make sense of the new world of work around them. I soon realised there was a strong need to implement a robust transformative coaching practice to get sustainable outcomes. Newcomers to the country needed a bit of handholding to find a way to take the learnings beyond the scheduled calls.
Bringing the STAR to life
Fast forward to today, I have the privilege to coach freshers to senior level professionals. I have realised there is just one key ingredient to success. The belief in what they do and why they do it. We are all passionate, we all love what we do then why is it that we fumble and step back from expressing who we are? I had my aha moment while recording the video for Work Connect on STAR behavioural questions, which I have now integrated with the ‘I am A Star’ framework.
As a coach, I partner with the candidates to build confidence, to flaunt their soft skills and prepare them to win over that job interview. Newcomers to the country are usually not familiar with behavioural questions. Back home, interview questions were framed around how much you know and what will you bring to this job (targets, sales, qualifications, networks, technologies etc.). Asking them to memorise 4 or 5 situations is adding to the pressure they are already in.
Q – ‘Tell me a time you dealt with stress?’
Ans – ‘Well, every day. Which day should I talk about?’
The candidates that I work with, learn how to answer these questions differently without getting stuck in the structure. Before they come for a practice interview session with me, they must complete some homework (the teacher in me loves accountability). The task involves going through past work experiences and coming up with examples: “share 3 happiest days in your work life, it can be anything, what did you do/ not do?”
We look at the job description, understand why the employer is interested in knowing how they think and behave and find ways to use these experiences as examples. Now the interview feels like a cakewalk. They are my STAR, and I make them say it loud and repeat after me ‘I AM A STAR’ ‘in any given Situation I complete my Task, take necessary Action and achieve excellent Results. Some of them ask for a hard copy for the bathroom mirror.
The STAR in me strongly believes that a mind stretched by new learnings and awareness can never go back to its old dimensions. Do not forget to have a dialogue with yourself and say out loud ‘I AM A STAR’.