The Toughest Decision
It can be incredibly daunting trying to pick the PERFECT career that you should enter in to for the REST OF YOUR LIFE? Seriously, how much pressure is attached to that decision? What if I’ve put all this effort in and it’s the wrong one? What if I try it and come to find I actually hate it! Then what? I’ll be trained in the wrong field and be stuck!
It’s not just you
Don’t worry, we have all felt this deep feeling of dread that we are supposed to have all the answers right now! The feeling that we should be well on our way to knowing exactly how we want our futures to look and exactly what our day to day activities should include.
How you will feel today will differ tremendously to how you will feel next year.
Our aspirations can twist, turn and change as we grow and develop. In fact, that’s a great thing! Thank goodness, who wants to be the SAME forever?! Not one size fits all when devising a plan and looking ahead to the REST OF OUR LIVES.
How you feel now will almost certainly change
This year you may want to train in something that feels like the forever job, next year you may want to try a bigger or smaller company, in 3 years you may discover a brand-new hobby where you discover an exciting opportunity to follow it as a full-time career. Maybe you get one month into your ‘sure-thing’ job and find that it actually sucks. Don’t force yourself into thinking one way, when upon trying it out, you feel a totally different way.
Relax, you don’t need to know it all
It’s not necessary to know it all, right now. It really, truly isn’t.
To take some of the pressure off your shoulders, please know that many skills are in fact transferrable. This information is coming to you directly from a recruitment consultant’s perspective, having searched for candidates for hundreds and hundreds of jobs. So your perfect career may, in fact, be enhanced by your prior experience.
You can change your mind, it’s ok
If you walk down one path and end up finding something more awesome along the way, it’s totally fine to wander down the new path to see what it’s like, taking your newly acquired skills with you. In fact, that can in many cases be even more appealing to companies because you have experiences and knowledge you can bring with you to add value.
Here are some tips on how to choose the right career for you, to help you build your ultimate future.
Ask yourself the following questions, taking your time to think about your answers:
What do people often come to you for help with, or ask for your advice on?
Were there any particular subjects or hobbies that you were drawn to and enjoyed in school, but discounted for some reason?
What do you actively enjoy reading about or listening to in your spare time?
What can you picture yourself doing for 7-10 hours, without feeling like you’d rather be doing something else?
When you fast-forward 5 years, what do you imagine your life to be like?
Have you ever met someone, heard their story and thought, WOW? Why was it wow?
What is your greatest strength?