Although there are a plethora of career paths to take, it can be a bit confusing for those still new graduates or for someone who is about to enter the job market. In order to choose the best fit for you, think about your priorities first and ask yourself a few questions to be sure that you receive the satisfaction and the results you want.
Most people try to undertake a change in a job without doing the critical self-discovery work. Self-discovery work is finding out what your true innate aptitudes are. This is one of the major reasons why we have up to 80% of the workforce unhappy with their current job! Start your self-discovery by finding out what your natural abilities are before progressing to the searching stage.
1. Think about three to four things that you have done in the pay four to five years (work or non-work related) that you enjoyed doing and though you did well. Do not consider what other people have thought, if they thought you did not do well, only focus on what you think.
2. For each of the above achievements, think about any skills that you have used on more than one occasion in your achievements.
Actual Job Types
Once you have moved through the self-discovery process, ask some people who you respect, what types of jobs of career choices come to mind when they think of your skills. Give them the list of skills that you have identified, and see what they suggest! Another way is to organize a brainstorming event at your home. Invite all your creative thinking friends and family and put on a nice dinner.
If you are considering self-employment ideas, you may want to also address the idea of a change in the job that allows you to work for someone while pursuing your business.
You may want to ask yourself a few more (easier) questions that will make you narrow your job search down to what you can have in a realistic sense.
1. What is your work style?
- Each of us prefers different things in the workplace that we choose, even if we do not realize it.
2. What environment allows you to do the best job you can do?
- If you work best outdoors, alone, or if you work fast-paced or slow-paced
3. Where do you like to work?
- Do you work better in a small regional office, or a home office, or do you like to work in a busy workplace such as a corporate headquarters, sales or airport hotel.
- Do you like to travel? Many good-paying jobs require you to be able to travel.
- How often can you be away from home? Do you have pets, children; are you a single parent, if there is an internship in the United States that is open and you want to take it but, you do not live in the U.S., can you move out of state?
These are huge questions that you need to be sure you ask yourself before making any major decisions. You may think a job is just a job, however, it does not have to be “just a job”. It could be something that is your passion; something you have wanted to do your entire life. On the other hand, it could be something that recently came to your thoughts, and that is exactly why you should give all of these questions major thought! It would be devastating to realize you have made the wrong decision, especially if your decision was to move far away!
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