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How to Find Your Ideal Career Path

Are you in a career that you dread?


Are you wondering why your pay is good and the environment fantastic, yet you feel you need to be in a better place?


Have you been dreaming about a business?


If any of these resonates with you, chances are you are not in your ideal career and are not alone. Many of us get into jobs that our parents, guardians, or counselors directed us to. Perhaps a parent was a doctor, so you are expected to continue the family tradition and make your family proud even though your heart desires to become an opera artist. They tell you, you will always find employment in a particular career path. While some of these ideas might be legit and can lead you to your ideal calling, if you need to be in alignment with it, you need to do something about it. Here are some tips on how you can find your ideal career.


Introspection: We often neglect this, especially when it comes to our lives experience. We tend to react when something has gone wrong. Even then, the focus is limited to what has gone wrong, and the attention span could be fleeting. Your whole life is intrinsically linked to your career. So it would be best to do a thorough soul-searching before choosing a career. Focus on


Your interest- Do you enjoy manual labor or mental labor?

-      What do you prefer, mental activities or manual activities?

-      Do you love working indoors or outdoors?


Your values,

-      If you must change the world, what would the world look like?

- What's more important to you in life? [health, justice, faith, or leadership]

-      Do you have any priorities?


Your personality traits.

-      What do you see when you think of success?

-      What are your strengths?

-      What do you want more of?

   

Goals: Would you happen to have plans? If you don't, you should. If you do, are they Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-specific [SMART]? Your goals should be under three headings.


- Long-term goals are goals. These are goals that will take 5 to 40 years to achieve.

- Medium-range goals are goals that are achievable in 1 to 3 years.

- Short-range goals should be achievable in a year.


Each category should cover the different quadrants of your life. For instance, you should have financial goals, health goals, relationship goals, and so on. These goals will help you to look at your life from a holistic perspective. "Goal setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It allows us to home in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire. ″ Jim Rohn.


Research various sectors: If you are interested in engineering, for instance, you must research multiple sectors such as agriculture, hospitality, education, or energy sectors. Some of the organizations may be more favorable to women. But if you limit your search to a particular industry, you may hamstring yourself. Classify your search into three headings [non-profit, public, and private sectors]. Look at the pros and cons and let your ultimate goals and life's mission guide your choices.


Consider your landscape: A career path may align with your core values and offers tempting benefits and pay, but how would that impact your relationship with your family and spouse? Sometimes we get into crowd affiliation and get carried away. If your new career path involves relocating to another state or country, how will that affect your relationship with your aged parents, for instance? If your friends think the offer is excellent and they have agreed to relocate, ask yourself, will I be happy relocating away from my aged parents? Yes, you do not have to limit yourself because of your parents, but the decision must sit well with you, or you may be stressed out quickly. Work-life balance is natural.


Invest in yourself: More than 85% of successful people invest in themselves. People tend to ignore this essential element of success. Investing in your personal and professional development is something that no employer can take from you. Not only does it build your confidence, it helps you to identify and uphold your strengths and hone your skills and talents. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to hire a personal coach. Your coach is your partner, your guide, and your advocate. A life coach will guide you to figure out your passion and help you fashion a pathway leading to your desired outcome. No sports team exists without a coach, and neither should you.

Ultimately, your career journey is one that you should embark upon with comprehensive planning. It may sound like a lot, but it will save you a lot of headaches and set you apart from the rest. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.