If you’re not sure which direction your career should go in, you’re thinking about making a career change, or you just want to feel more fulfilled in your career, these ten tips might help.
Ideally, everyone would know their true calling early in life and find happiness in their work, but it often doesn’t work that way. Nowadays, it is almost expected to change careers three times in anyone’s lifetimes; lifelong careers may not be the norm any more.
That said, we know there’s better ways to choose a career by only one marker or choosing randomly. You’ll find ideas right here:
10. What excites you
This one is the first obvious step – we all want to enjoy and actually like our careers. While passion isn’t the only requirement for being satisfied in your career choice, many would say it’s still essential. Passion is what keeps you going even through the tough times. Is there a job you would do job for free?
9. What you’re good at
Maybe you don’t feel that passionate about any specific career—or you love multiple areas and can’t decide on just one. Then it’s time to think about your personality and focus on the skills you have. “Don’t do what you love. Do what you are.”
8. Take a personality test
Well, what if you don’t know what you’re good at or even what you’re really interested in? Career assessment tests in school help narrow down a more specific genre of career path. You can also have access to online tests like the Myers-Briggs personality index test. Find an exemple online here: https://www.16personalities.com/
7. Internship, a good entry way
If you have flexibility when it comes to salary, an internship could be a great way to test out an industry or type of career and eventually get a full-time job (especially if you have no prior experience). Even if it doesn’t turn into a job or you find out it’s the wrong career for you, an internship can help build your network from which you can get career and job advice.
6. A mentor to motivate you
A mentor could help you take your career to the next level and give you the insider insight to help you make sure you’re on the right path.
If there’s a career you’re interested in, you might also check to see if any companies or people in that line of work would let you shadow them for a few days to see what it’s really like.
5. Unconventional careers
We all know the popular careers available to us: doctor, lawyer, teacher, computer engineer, police officer, store owner, etc. If you feel uninspired by the typical choices, know that there are thousands of unusual jobs you might not have heard about. Explore the possibilities and keep your mind open!
4. Ask people
Perhaps the best way to discover a new career is to ask other people about theirs..assuming you come into contact with people who don’t all work in the same field. Your LinkedIn network or any other social media you’re connected with, might be a good place to start mining for information.
3. Use the G+P+V formula
The perfect career for you would most likely fit the G+P+V formula, which stands for Gifts + Passions + Values. Consider your strengths and passions, as we’ve noted above, and your values—what’s nonnegotiable about the way you work?
2. A good career plan
As with most things, your career will benefit if you have goals and a plan for it. Maybe you think you want to be a writer, but the next step after that, is editing. (Do you really want to do that?) Or maybe you want to transition from being an editor to a restaurant owner. Map out where you want to go, with concrete milestones, as if it were a four-phase project.
1. Do not see your career path as a linear path
Of course, all these plans and ideas are never set in stone. Your career is a marathon, not a sprint and it can turn out to be a very winding road indeed, knitted together from all of your experiences into, hopefully, a career worth having.