Where are you going with your life?
Such a heavy question, but for millions of young people around the world, this is a question they ask every day. Questions like “Is it really worth it to pursue my passion?” and “Am I heading in the right direction with my career?” are some of the most prevailing concerns of the current generation.
These questions require a certain level of introspection, a little bit of wisdom, guidance, and of course, lots of self-awareness when it comes to the truth about ourselves.
When it comes to your career and direction, here are seven tips that we hope would allow you to look a little deeper and bring you a few steps closer to knowing and pursuing your calling in life:
- Focus on what you want to do instead of who you want to be
It’s surprising that sometimes who we want to be and what we want to do don’t actually match. You want to be a doctor because it sounds really impressive (especially to your traditional parents) but what you actually want to do is become an artist. So you become a doctor instead of an artist. Even though it’s an important job and it pays well, you don’t get the same amount of satisfaction that you would have gotten if you’d become an artist instead. Forget about the titles. Choose a career where the work can actually make you happy and fulfilled. Ask yourself “What do I want to do?” instead of “What do I want to be?”.
- Remind yourself that it’s okay if you end up doing something unrelated to your course in college
Some people just don’t get to study the things you actually wanted to in college. If you decide to do something entirely different from your course in college, that’s completely okay. Even if you did like your course in college, you could still end up in a job completely unrelated to your it and you can end up loving it. Don’t think of it as a waste of your education. Think of your job as a continuation of your education because you’re learning things you didn’t learn in college.
- Decide on what kind of lifestyle you’d be comfortable with
Not all jobs pay the same. Not all people live the same way. To some people, how much you get paid matters because there is a lifestyle that they want to maintain or people they need to support. To other people, it’s more important that they’re happy with what they do. Some people get to do jobs that they really love while getting paid a lot but you can’t always have both. You have to pick what’s more important to you because when it comes down to choosing between to companies that offer the opposite things, you would have an easier time choosing.
- Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses
Sometimes what you love isn’t actually what you’re good at. Always try to be self aware. Ask your friends and family what you’re good at and what you’re not. This way you’d know what careers you’d best be suited for and what careers you could possibly not excel in.
- Consider what kind of work environment would be best suited for your personality
Some people just don’t belong in cubicles. Some people don’t like being in the field. Are you the more laid back type or do you think formal offices are the way to go? Consider what kind of environment you would thrive in. Look for companies which environments would best suit your personality. Also take into account the people you’d be working with. Working would be a lot less boring and a lot less stressful if you’re with people you like.
- Consider the amount of free time you’d have left for your personal life
How early do you want to retire? Do you plan on getting married and having kids? Ask yourself these questions. Think about the things you want to do in life outside of work; your hobbies, your social life. Think about how much free time you need and want and whether you could get that in the career you will choose. This will help you decide whether you should work in an office or from home; whether you should sign that 2-year contract or just work freelance.
- Weigh the Pros and Cons of all your job option
There may be dream jobs but there is no perfect job. But when you commit to a career, make sure the pros outweigh the cons. Make a list; there are lots of things to consider when it comes to choosing what you’re gonna do for a living.
With these tips, set aside time to be brave with your thoughts and sort out a working plan for your career’s next steps. Remember that, no matter what, if you step into your path with conviction, then you’re in the right path, wherever it may lead you.
This article was originally posted on The Smart Filipino, reposted with permission from the editors.
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