February 5, 2017

How To Find The Right Career For You

Ever since you were a little kid people asked questions like “What do you want to do when you grow up?” or “what are you going to do with your life?” It’s a tough question to answer, but it is one that you need to carefully consider if you want to be successful. Are you ready to find the right career for you?

Sign that says "If You're not doing what you love you're wasting your time"

A huge chunk of our lives are committed to our careers. It’s important to find a career that you enjoy and a job that makes you happy. When you do these things, work will be something that you look forward to and that’s a good thing. But how are you going to find the right career for you?

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

In today’s world, most people work lots of different jobs throughout their lives – and that’s ok. In fact it’s good for you. It’s not uncommon for an aspiring professional to work seasonal jobs, travel the world, wait tables, and pursue a variety of different jobs in different niches before they truly find what they are passionate about.

If you don’t know how to find the right career, here’s what you need to do:

  • Define your long term goals. – Take the time to reflect on what you want to do now and in the future. Make a list of your goals and figure out how to achieve them.
  • Ask questions to find out where you will excel and thrive. – Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. Identify what makes you happy. Then determine what jobs align with your skills and interests.
  • Research different jobs that appeal to you. – Visit JobMonkey.com to learn about what cool jobs exist in this world. Discover the pay, requirements, and so much more.
  • Create a realistic list of potential career paths. – Write down all of the jobs that appeal to you. Then fine tune that list to the jobs that you can realistic do.
  • Find out how to break into the niches where you want to work. – Determine what is required to find one of your dream jobs. Do you need to go back to school, build your skill sets, network with the right people, or something else. Now go and do that.
  • Get your foot in the door. – Everyone starts somewhere. Determine what stepping stone jobs will help you achieve success in the future. Start with entry level jobs, internships, apprenticeships, or anything else. These things will help you build your resume.
  • Climb the ladder to success. – It may take years to achieve all of your goals. You may need to relocate, switch companies, get promotions, or venture out on your own to ultimately reach your goals.

Now if this seems like a daunting task, don’t worry. Everyone goes through this process – although some more successfully than others. It’s up to you to find the right career for you. When you do, work will be fun. And don’t worry, if you choose the wrong career path, you can always make a change. It might not be easy, but it is always possible.

How To Get Your Dream Job When You’re Not Qualified

We highly encourage everyone to follow their dreams. Use JobMonkey as a resource to help you explore all of the cool jobs in the world. Do your research to discover the cool opportunities that exist out there. Who knows, maybe your dream job is something you’ve never even heard of yet. Good luck!

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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