Yet another rough day at the office and you call a friend. While talking about your uninspiring job and how you feel lost in your career path, your friend asks you directly what you going to do? At first you don’t have an answer and think to yourself; if only I had the answer to that question… if only the answer was that easy.
Choosing the right career or a new career, whether it be a dramatic 180 degree turn or simply a minor shift, can at the best of times feel downright impossible. There are so many options available and variables to think about. You might feel that you do not know what you a re qualified to do. You have been so absorbed in your current job and worried about your career that you have not been able to take the time to actually sit and consider what you would rather be doing or what options lie in-front of you. And when you do start to think about it, you feel the sweat building on your forehead and your brain just freezes. All you feel is overwhelmed by the whole career path and option topic.
Most of us have felt and been through the same experience. There are no shortcuts to the right answer or choice when it come to a long term career. Planning a career change or shift can be very stressful and overwhelming. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you in your search for the right career. Take the time, outside of your current job hours, when you feel relaxed and fill in the blanks to the sentences below:
1. If I could choose one friend to trade jobs with, I’d choose ____________, because ____________.
2. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to do ____________. It’s interesting to me because ____________.
3. If I had the right education or skill set, I’d definitely try ____________, because ____________.
4. If I had to go back to school tomorrow, I’d major in ____________, because ____________.
5. My co-workers and friends always say I’m great at ____________, because ____________.
6. The thing I love most about my current job is ____________, because ____________.
7. If my boss would let me, I’d do more of ____________, because ____________.
8. If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent “working” on something, I’d choose ____________, because ____________.
9. When I retire, I want to be known for ____________, because ____________.
When you have completed filling in the missing words, sit back and look at your comments and answers. From what you wrote down you might find that there is once central them or pattern. For example, everything you write down on the list is angled towards designing and decorating spaces. At the very least you will notice a common theme. Perhaps it is creativity, or caring for other, or social responsibility. This will not direct you to one single career path, however, it will help to guide you and identify what you value in life. It will help you discover what brings joy to your life. It will help you find out what you want others to see in you and what you will be known for. This is a great way to start honing in on what to do next; and most of all be able to eliminate some possibilities and choices you thought you had.
When deciding on anew career path or choice, steer clear of your fears and insecurities about your current skillets. Don’t let your current skills or lack of skills hold you back. Sure, if you are web developer, for example, and you are fascinated about food saving; then a career as a professional chef might be a long and difficult road ahead. But never fear, the road might not sen as long as you think. Give yourself the opportunity to pay attention to specifically what about cooking and food gets you so excited and passionate.
There are numerous carer paths that you can take where you can combine your current skills with your passions. By dividing up your interest and passions, you will open up a whole world of possibilities. If you still feel a little overwhelmed and stumped, then try taking to a close relative, friend or mentor. An objective point of view can always assist you to identify interest, passions, and possibilities that you are unable to see.
Always remember that you spend the majority of your day and life at your job. If you are passionate about what you do, it will never feel like a job, rather a way of life.