Choosing a career is especially challenging when you’re unhappy with what you currently do and have no idea what you want to actually do. It’s easy to get caught up in a job that you’re good at, but don’t really enjoy doing. Instead, take some time to ask yourself what you enjoy and how to apply that to a career. Here are some tips to help you not only pick a career but pick a career you like.
Pinpoint your passions
Reflect back to when you were a child and remember all of the things you loved to do. Try not to let money dictate your choices. Obviously, bills will need to be paid and the notion of money will need to be taken into consideration, but don’t let that define your career choice. Doing so will result in you more than likely disliking your job. Instead, think about what you would do if money weren’t an issue.
To help you, ask for feedback from people that know you; you may be surprised at what they reveal. They can lend some insight from an outside perspective on the things they notice make you happy and enthusiastic. Research subjects that may interest you by looking at a college course catalog. Additionally, think of industry leaders that inspire you. Read up on their lives to learn how they got to where they are.
Choose a lifestyle
Don’t just pick a job title. Having “CEO” as a title may sound incredible, but are you willing to put in the work to achieve it? Looking at others lives and thinking “I want their life” is easy to do, but actually applying what it takes to achieve that lifestyle is something else entirely. Do your research and fully understand what it will take to reach those goals. Have conversations with people in those fields to see if the path they took is something you would be willing to do. Keep in mind things like your overall quality of life, how much of an impact it may have on the time you spend with family, and your social life.
The “common” career path may not be right for you
From the day we are born, we are told by society that there is one correct path that we should follow: go to school, excel in learning, go to college, get a job, so on and so on. This, however, isn’t always the right choice for people. Make sure you look at all of your options, not just the ones your parents or society tell you to take.
Analyze your career map
There are a variety of ways your career map can look. Take some time to sit down and think about your goals and the path you are taking to achieve them. Analyze what you want versus what is realistic and find a happy medium. Your map may have a straight path, but you are going in the opposite direction, knowing in your heart that it’s not where you want to be. Your map may have an unclear path, with no clue which direction to heard in and unsure of which passion to follow, if you are even sure you have passions. If you’re one of the lucky ones, your map has a clear path and you’re going in the general right direction. Once you know what your map looks like, you can begin to make any adjustments, if needed, to shift your direction and take the path that will lead you to accomplish your goals.