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Are you feeling the itch to change jobs or even careers?
Remember the famous saying by Confucious? ‘If you love what you do, you won’t work for a day in your life’ – that classic is a cliché for a reason- because it’s so true!
So, before you take the plunge, ask yourself, do I love what I do? If not, what type of job or career will best suit my personality?
We already discussed what should you keep in mind before accepting a job offer. Today we will talk about how to choose or re-choose the right career for you, based on your character, likes and dislikes, your passion, and more.
Get to Know Yourself
Another rightful cliché. For you to know what you like and what you are passionate about, you need to know yourself! Remember, it’s impossible to label yourself in a category; you can identify general trends in your personality. This will help you understand things like what motivates you the most or when you are most efficient.
Here’s what you need to do to find a career that suits your personality
• Identify your inherent sense of what they know is right and wrong
• Recognize the big ideas that shape your goals
• Know what you are passionate about by understanding what holds you interest for extended periods
• Understand your social needs
• Track when you are your most energized or most tired and plan your day accordingly
• Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses
• Ask your close friends and family how they see your personality
See what works for you, and once you have clarity on that, you can start thinking about how to take things forward.
For some people, a simple pro and cons list will do in figuring out their strengths and weaknesses. Other might need help from our friend Artificial Intelligence (AI) and good old assessments. There are various online psychometric personality tests like MindMatch that targeted specifically towards finding the best suitable career. Developed with years of research & development, the MindMatch Algorithm, identifies your inherent skills & matches you with a career and suggest jobs that will best flourish these skills. With MindMatch career, you will be more productive & joyful.
Consider Career Counselling
Career counseling can help with all the significant milestones in one’s career. It can not only help you decide a stream and subject combinations for studying but also explore career options. It involves scientifically developed aptitude tests and personality tests. The results of these tests, along with years of experience, helps a career counselor to give you the best-suited career.
How about an internship or freelance project?
Remember we spoke about trial and error? Internships & Freelance projects are the best example of it. Taking up internships will give you the opportunity and exposure to understand how different industries work as well what roles and responsibilities come with a new designation. An internship will also provide you with clarity regarding the career choices you want to make in the future. It could either be an eye-opener wherein you realize that this field or job role is not for you.
On the other hand, it can also expose you to something you are passionate about. The only downside to interning is the paycheck or lack thereof. It’s a double-edged sword, especially if you are considering changing your career while being financially dependent on a monthly paycheck from your current job.
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Think about what type of lifestyle makes you happy
When we say lifestyle, we don’t mean the poor or an extravagant life. What we are talking about is the difference between a 9-5 corporate lifestyle and the all-consuming lifestyle of working at a startup. You can think about challenging yourself even more by starting your own business. All these lifestyles come with their pros and cons, consider them all and see which one appeals the most to you.
Get the idea of what you want to do? Now it’s your turn to find the career you want to pursue and make a calculative decision. Remember, your goal shouldn’t just be a successful career but a Happy Career.