Not sure which career path is right for you? While some people know exactly what they want to do from a young age, many of us struggle to find a career path long into adulthood. Below are just a few ways in which you can identify your calling.
What are you good at?
First, you should consider what it is that you are good at. These don’t have to be things that you are an expert in, but things that you are simply competent at. Start by considering your hard skills – this could include skills like driving, computer programming, cooking, drawing, writing or speaking another language. You should then consider your soft skills – this could include being punctual, being creative or having a good eye for detail. List these skills and consider which careers use them.
What are your passions?
Next, you should consider things that you enjoy. This could include any interest whether it be swimming, video games, urban fashion, classical music or cats. Work out which careers appeal to these passions. In some cases, a passion and a skill may intertwine – perhaps you love baking and consider yourself to be good at it. This could be where your true career calling lies.
Are you a team player or a lone wolf?
Some jobs are very collaborative, while others require independence. You should consider your personality and what you find to be more rewarding. If a driving career turns out to be your calling, you should consider whether you would prefer to work for yourself or work within a team. A job as a freelance delivery driver may be more rewarding for some than working for a delivery firm.
Are you a doer or a thinker?
Some people are better at coming up with ideas and others are better at implementing them. Most jobs contain a mix of doing and thinking, but there’s usually a bias towards one. A marketing agent or legal researcher may spend a lot of their time thinking, while an aircraft mechanic or nurse may spend a lot of their time doing.
How to find your dream job
Once you’ve worked out the key criteria that you need in your next job, you can start finding a role that fits this criteria. It’s worth doing some research online to find your dream job – there may be jobs out there that you didn’t know existed.
In some cases, you may have to obtain qualifications to take the step. In other cases, you may have to travel. Work out what training you are willing to invest in and which sacrifices you are willing to make to land your dream job. It may require a little work to break into your dream career as it could be a very popular industry. Don’t let impatience put you off from landing that dream career.
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