You’ve had another rough day at work.
And as you’re talking about your lackluster job or about feeling lost in your career path, a well-meaning friend or relative responds with, “Well, what do you want to do?”
Choosing a new career—whether you want to do a drastic 180 or just make a minor shift—can seem downright impossible.
Sometime this week, take the first step toward planning your dream career by filling in the blanks in the sentences below:
- If I could choose one friend to trade jobs with, I’d choose ____________, because ____________.
- I’ve always wondered what it would be like to do ___________. It’s interesting to me because ________________.
- If I had the right education or skill set, I’d definitely try _________________, because ________________________
- If I had to go back to school tomorrow, I’d major in ____________________, because __________________.
- My co-workers and friends always say I’m great at ___________________, because ________________________.
- The thing I love most about my current job is ___________________, because _________________________.
- If my boss would let me, I’d do more of _____________________, because ______________________.
- If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent “working” on something, I’d choose ____________________, because __________________.
- When I retire, I want to be known for _______________, because __________________.
Once you’re done, take a look at your answers. You may find clear-cut patterns—for example, that everything on your list has to do with designing beautiful spaces or playing sports. But at the very least, you’ll probably see some common themes. Maybe it’s creativity, or caring for others, or working outside using your hands. And no, those things don’t point to one single career path, but knowing what you value, what you enjoy, and what you want to be known for is a great way to get started honing in on what you want to do next (or, hey, eliminating possibilities).
As you’re thinking through your career change, do not let fear or insecurities about your skillset hold you back and to think big about the possibilities that are out there. Sure—if you’re a communications professional who’s fascinated by the law, becoming an attorney can be a long and difficult road ahead. But why not consider it? The road might not be as long as you imagine (and it definitely can be worth it). But, also pay attention to specifically what about the law gets you excited. Is it in-depth research? Helping other people? Arguing a case? There are plenty of other professions where you could combine your current skills with your passions to do those things, sans law degree. By diving into your interests like this, you can start to open up a world of possibilities.
Thanks to Muse for letting us share bits and pieces of their article in this post. Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-questions-thatll-help-you-find-your-dream-career