It is no lie that we all aspire to be great and to be successful.
But a lot of us struggle with getting to the level of success that we dream of because we struggle with decision making, especially in regards to career paths.
I have met a lot of people who conveniently fell into their careers and I have met others who thoroughly planned and prepped to be where they are today. They were lucky enough to know what they wanted to do from a young age. But choosing the ‘right’ career path is probably one of the most difficult decisions a person will ever make in their lifetime, irrespective of age. Even when we are in our chosen path we still sometimes second guess ourselves.
So how do we know if the path we have chosen is the ‘right’ one? Well one thing is for sure, the idea of right and wrong is generally subjective. What may be right for one person could be completely wrong for another. For me the right type of role is somewhere where I can learn, grow (room for progression), have large amounts of responsibility, earn a very (preferably veryx2 🙂 ) good salary and enjoy the work that I am doing!
It’s much easier to say what we want out of role but much harder to know what that role looks like in reality. Do we look at our likes and dislikes? Do we turn to our strengths or skill sets? Or do we turn to our interests? It is completely up to you.
I genuinely believe that the most satisfying career path combines all of the above to some extent. As my dad loves to say ‘no job is perfect.’ And although this is true I think that the positives must outweigh the negatives for us to even gather up the motivation and strength to go to work let alone do our job well.
For the new generation of ‘millennials,’ traditional jobs are commonly seen as a means to an end. My generation is less interested in spending their lives ‘working for others’ but are more interested in developing skill sets, expertise and income and using all of this to fund ‘side projects.’ And if you are one of these people, when you are searching for the ‘right’ type of job always think about your end goal. Ask yourself ‘what type of job do I need now that will help me reach my future goals?’ The wise plan for the future. Fools fail to plan.
If you are about to start your career or considering a career change start with a honest evaluation of yourself and what you are seeking. Once you have this clear in your mind, do plenty of research surrounding that area and speak to people already in that field and/or people who are specifically doing what it is that you want to do. Network hard. Fix up your CV, your LinkedIn profile and get applying. Have faith and let God take care of the rest.
We may start off at the bottom but we will never finish there. I know that we are all in a rush to be something and to get somewhere – largely due to society – but it is important to embrace the journey. As I have said before it is better to stride than to run.
So today I encourage you to start trusting yourself more and trusting your decision making ability. Always remember that we learn valuable lessons in whatever we do. So what changes can you make today that will get you one-step closer to being in your dream profession?