HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT CAREER FOR ME?
I have had a tough time trying to choose and settle for the right career for my life since i was in high school. Changing from one field to another due to perceived future threats i discover in the process of trying to gain grounds in the new field i jumped into.
While on the other hand, some people actually get lucky enough to know what they’ll be doing with their lives before high school even starts. There was a guy I went to high school with who was never seen without a camera. You would have thought he had that thing surgically attached to his body. Today he’s a professional photographer who recently shot the cover for Sports Illustrated!
If you’re not like that guy and you’re instead sweating through the “how do I find the right career for me” question, grab a towel and dive into the 4 answers below. They’re all thinking exercises that require you to take a good look in the mirror and really get to know yourself.
4 Questions To Help Find the Right Career.
#1. WHAT STUFFS DO YOU VALUE MOST?
What’s important to you? What does “success” mean to you? Is it having lots of money? Owning fancy cars and houses? Having lots of free time? Having lots of fun at work? Having a big family? Following a dream? Living in the city? The country? The suburbs? Living overseas? All of these things can impact which career opportunities will fit you and be available to you. For example, if you’re obsessed with the auto industry but are set on living near your farm in Wyoming, you probably have to choose one or the other. A guy I went to college with placed a very high value on money. Wherever he went throughout college, he was always holding the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Money magazine. Today he’s a commercial real estate mogul in New York City overseeing billions of dollars of commercial real estate.
#2. WHAT KIND OF LIFE DO YOU WANT?
Do you picture yourself living a conventional life where perhaps you settle down young and start a family in the suburbs? Or do you want to live an adventurous life where your career could take you to just about anywhere in the world at any time? For example, if you’re set on wanting to be a war photographer, you’ll probably spend most of your life traveling the world and risking your life. For the adventurous types, job and life can often blur together…but the adventurous type might not be able to see doing it any other way.
#3. WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE & BEST CLASSES IN SCHOOL?
What classes feel like fun to you? Which ones come so naturally that they just seem easy? Are you great at science? Math? Or do you hate science and math but love your English classes? That was me! I knew then that I couldn’t be a doctor or a scientist or economist. But maybe I’d end up as a writer, teacher, lawyer, or some other communications-based career. Analyzing what classes fit you is a great step towards finding a career that fits you.
#4. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR FREE TIME?
Think about the kind of stuff you like to do in your free time and are good at. Do you like working with your hands? With your mind? Being around lots of people? Doing your own thing? Do you coach a team or tutor kids? Interact with nature? Do you like numbers? Puzzles? Writing? A certain type of video game? Being in front of an audience? There are careers that make use of your skills and interests…and sometimes they’re a few steps removed from the obvious. For example, just because you like coaching your local little league doesn’t necessarily mean you should be a professional coach. But you clearly embrace leadership skills, which apply to many types of careers and can serve as a guide in your career search. I recently interviewed someone for an upcoming episode who always loved sports statistics. Thanks to that, he realized he was great with numbers and today has a thriving career as a mortgage banker. Having a numbers-focused job is fun for him and comes naturally since it matches his skills.