It happens to the best of us. We spend our lives preparing for the “right” career. We listen to our parents and pick high schools meant to steer us towards certain careers, select colleges based on a certain major’s national ranking, talk to career counselors and mentors to make sure we’re taking the appropriate steps, apply to jobs that match those steps, only to wake up one morning thinking “Why the hell am I doing this?”
You realize your entire life has been actions taken based on someone else’s assignments. You’ve followed this career path because it’s the easiest, most lucrative or prestigious or you felt forced into it. However, getting on the wrong career path doesn’t mean that you’re now stuck. Once you take the time to understand yourself and capitalize on that knowledge to get the job that makes you come alive, there will be no stopping you!
Here are three areas that are most important to focus on so that you can get on the right career path once and for all.
Discover Your True Strengths
Finding what you’re good at and focusing on those traits is always more beneficial than trying to improve something you’re not naturally amazing at. Find tasks and projects that capitalize on these strengths and stick to those. Not sure what your strengths are? Try using StrengthsFinder 2.0 to help you find out.
Re-evaluate Your Passion
There’s a question you hear a lot when someone is asking you about your passion: “What would you do even if you weren’t getting paid for it?” The reality is you ultimately need to be paid to turn that passion into a career. Instead, ask yourself, “What’s something people are always complimenting me on that I absolutely love doing?” If you always focus on what’s external and play the people-pleaser role, you’ll always feel a bit lost and not in control of your destiny. Take the time to understand who you are internally and you’ll build the foundation needed to make good decisions based on your own assignment.
Tap Into Your Personality
Your personality is a combination of things that you can change and things you can’t. It’s amazing how much more clarity you have when you know why you do what you do. Knowing how your personality plays a role in your passion can help you figure out which career path is best for you and how to go about it. The Meyers-Briggs personality test can help you tap into your true personality and the new you!