Making a choice about something is usually helpful. But too many choices are not always good, especially when it comes to choosing your Career.
Have you ever sat down to think about your career, your future, your plans and you feel lost with no idea where to begin? Well, use these soul-searching questions to decide which path is right for you to take:
1. What are you good at, and what do you love?
Yeah, I know. You've heard the follow your passion line since the day you were born. While some people have a clear passion, many of us find ourselves lost in the passion puzzle, paralyzed with fear that were not doing it right if we don't have one burning career goal to pursue obsessively. And even if you do have a passion, chances are high its something indistinct and out of reach, like becoming the next Stephen King or even something else that may sound unrealistic.
Now, the problem isn't the idea of pursuing things you're good at and that you love; its that your aspirations are too broad and difficult to act on. Think of your passions as a starting point. If you want to be the next Stephen King, break that passion down into writing and editing. Then do a skills inventory to determine just what else you can bring to the table. Just let yourself go! Be wild, be creative, imagine stuffs, dream big and start achieving those things little by little. With time, you are on your way to becoming that person you felt is a superhuman!
2. Are you a promotion or prevention-focused person?
Feeling motivated is an essential aspect of job satisfaction. But causes for motivation vary widely from person to person. In general, there tend to be two main motivation types: promotion-focused and prevention-focused.
Promotion-focused professionals are classic creative people and entrepreneurs. They work quickly, seize new opportunities and think abstractly.
Prevention-focused professionals are just the opposite, focused on maintaining the status quo and protecting all they've worked on. These professionals prefer planning, reliability, thoroughness and analytical thinking.
While we all need a little bit of promotion- and prevention-oriented thinking, its important to determine which way you lean before diving down a career path. This will help you choose a path you wont regret later.
3. What is the best environment for your personality type?
For similar reasons, its often helpful to do even deeper personality tests like the Myers-Briggs. This will help you further pinpoint just what you need in your work environment to thrive. Particularly important is determining whether you're more of an introvert or an extrovert, as the two personality types differ widely in their needs.
4. What kind of lifestyle do you want?
Most jobs start off with at least a few years of hard labor at lower pay than you'd like. Whats more important is looking ahead at people well into a career track to determine whether the lifestyle they lead is desirable to you. Some factors you might want to consider include the amount of control they have over their own time, their salary and the amount of travel involved, among other factors.
5. Where do you want to live?
While not essential for every career type, determining where you want to live can be an important part of the career search process. This is especially true for jobs that are focused in certain regions. If you want to work in the entertainment industry, then you'll probably need to move to somewhere such stuffs thrive. If you'd like something less loud then you can do a little survey and know where you fall. Thinking of been a sociologist or anthropologist then you might just hang around anywhere. Beyond geographical region, think again about the lifestyle on offer in the places you'll be headed. Do this so you don't regret your job or environment later.