|Analyze their own capabilities and potential?
A common issue for stage dancers in transition is to develop an awareness of the profile of professional competencies that they have fostered throughout their careers and turn their gaze towards their abilities and potential.
Initially, visualization (also known as mental maps or MindMaps) can be used to systematically determine why one was so suited for a career as a dancer in the first place. This offers possible indicators for the important first question: What inner drive lead me to focus on this career, to learn it, and then finally to work in this field?
Having created this overview, it is usually difficult to avoid the realization that it should be possible to experience the many positive emotions which are connected with being a dancer — such as the joy of dancing, of intense physical work, being present on the stage and the recognition from the public — in other fields as well.
To find out which, it is sensible with the second question to turn to the method of exclusion: Which aspects provided absolutely no enjoyment?(an example could be working at a computer, organization, or simply long periods of sitting). The key words which emerge from these considerations should also be noted in the MindMap, most effectively with a new color. In this way, you become aware of activities which correspond least to your own interests and preferences and produces not positive feelings but rather dissatisfaction. Then you are free to focus on that which has the most relevance! This will save a lot of energy.
Now comes the third question: Which future occupations could sustainably provide the greatest interest and satisfaction while also offering good career prospects (!)? Answering this, it is important to first note activities such as movement, pleasing others etc. Only then are you ready for the fourth question: Which branches/career fields/careers can be connected with these activities? This last question will take some research, as there are many careers which have only been developed in recent years and are therefore hardly known, such as operational health manager (see above).
TIP: It is advisable to complete this analysis with at least one person you trust. This way, you will gain more than one perspective of your individual profile of capabilities and potential.
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These very user-oriented steps for analysis roughly follow the principles of systematic pedagogy and take into account the Andrea Thomas’ experiences in advising transitioning dancers. She is a staff of the Stiftung TANZ, and is educated as a pedagogue and in science of education.