When your alarm clock goes off in the morning, are you excited to get out of bed and pursue your passion?
Unfortunately, not everyone feels this way. But life is too short to be stuck in a dead-end job that you’re miserable in and dread going to every day. There’s a better way, and it starts by figuring out what type of job is best for you.
Here are 10 ways to figure out which job is best for you and get one step closer to making a career change that transforms your life in meaningful ways:
1. Start with a Career Quiz
There are so many career and personality quizzes available online, some free and others for a small fee. But these are a great place to start if you aren’t sure what type of job you want. The Muse has a helpful list of 11 career quizzes to choose from.
2. Determine Whether You’re Happier and More Productive in Groups or Alone
Some employees thrive when working in an energetic room full of people, while others feel drained and distracted in crowded work environments. Choose a job that suits your extroverted or introverted personality and work style to avoid frustration and unproductivity down the road.
3. Consider Your Financial Goals
Is making money one of your top career goals? Take a careful look at your current finances, savings, investments, and income to determine how much of a salary or hourly wage you need to live the life you want.
4. Think about What Excites You
Ideally, your career should excite you and keep you energized even through those inevitable boring days. Consider if there is any job that you would volunteer at or do for free because you love it so much.
5. Focus on the Skills You Already Have
Your career should challenge you to continue learning and growing both personally and professionally, which often means learning new tasks, concepts, and skills. However, don’t forget about the skills you already have, and focus on your natural talents to get you where you want to be.
6. Get Social – In Person and Online
At times, you may feel all alone in your quest for a career that suits you, but keep in mind that you’re in very good company. As often as possible, talk to friends, family, colleagues, professionals in your network about your interests and potential opportunities. Online social networks are a great place to start, but nothing really beats face-to-face conversations.
7. Acknowledge Your Weaknesses
Although it’s not healthy to dwell on the things you aren’t good at, it’s important that you acknowledge them and factor those things into your career decisions. Use this time of transition as an opportunity to become the best version of yourself, but don’t force yourself into a job you hate because of obligation or just because it’s easy.
8. Balance Security and Risk
Are you a risk-taker, or do you like to play it safe? Some career changes are a leap into the unknown, while others are more of a safe and easy transition. Decide what you’re comfortable with based on where you’re at in life right now.
9. Find a Mentor or Career Coach
Friends and family can be a wonderful resource to bounce ideas off about your career. But an outside opinion is often more objective and rational. Career coaches and mentors can be invaluable when you need to gain perspective and reassess your career situation.
10. Sketch Out a Career Road Map
Once you’ve got a good idea about the type of job you want and your work style, the next step is to go out and get it! Think of your path to a dream career as a journey with interesting stops along the way, and start sketching out the steps you need to take to reach your destination.
There’s no time better than the present to start thinking about where your career is headed and what you truly want out of it. In addition to finding a job you love, our 50 Ways to a Better You deck is full of helpful wisdom tips to being happy, healthy, and inspired. Pick up a copy for yourself today, or give one to someone you care about who’s struggling with career choices and could use a motivational boost!
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