Ask children what they want to become when they grow up. They all will answer “I want to become a doctor”, “pilot”, “teacher”, and the list will go on. However, this list shrinks as they grow older. It may sound sad, but it is even sadder to be stuck with a job that is not fulfilling your aspirations. Each of us is bestowed with particular talents and personality traits, and they play a major role in our career interests and aptitude different professions.
The process of finding out what you are born to do can be an arduous task without a proper approach to career hunt. It involves asking yourself the following three questions: –
- How do I define myself?
How do you even begin defining who you are? It’s not quite easy, but not entirely impossible. Just look back at your life so far and find out instances when you have been absolutely passionate and enthusiastic doing something creative. Settle down on one thing that you consider as your greatest accomplishment. Most of the time, it will reveal who you are, what your talents are, and what you want to do with your life.
- What do I want to do for a living?
To see if you will truly enjoy a line of work, ask yourself what you will rather do if there is no monetary compensation. This will reveal your interests, which will make it easier to shortlist the possible professions you would enjoy. Go to job fairs and trade shows related to the shortlisted professions, and find out more about the job requirements and responsibilities. Keep track of companies offering jobs in your area of interest, and read employee and client reviews to understand the worst and best-case scenarios in the field of work. By now, you would have shortened your list further, rejecting several possible lines of work.
- How to seek the right opportunities?
Have a rough idea of the type of career you want to pursue. Once you have decided, it is time to work out how you want to accomplish it. You have to find out what qualifications can get you there faster, and what kind of skills you must build on to excel in the field. There are more than one way to achieve a goal. So, always have a backup plan for bouncing back if one way isn’t working out as planned. Ask yourself questions like “What will you do if you aren’t accepted into the preferred programme at university?”
When you have satisfactory answers to all the three questions above, it is very likely that your compass is already pointing at the right career direction.
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