How To Find A Job When You’re Unsure of Your Career Path
There are many situations where you can feel like your career path is drifting out of form. Perhaps your current job is boring you, but you just can’t figure out what else you’re supposed to do. Maybe you have recently lost a job, but don’t know which steps to take from here.
When this kind of uncertainty lingers, you could easily rush into the wrong decision. However, for you, making a wise choice of career move can strongly depend on pausing and stepping back to take in the scene before you. Here is how you can do that and so help yourself narrow down the choices.
Don’t be afraid to shatter a long-held career model
A few years ago, you might have had a career ambition which no longer seems quite as relevant to your values. You don’t have to feel depressed about this, as our values can naturally change over time. The life priorities of a 21-year-old can significantly differ from those of a 30-year-old.
Hence, the supposed necessity of continuing on a career path formed a long time ago is just a myth, says Fast Company. Furthermore, it’s dangerous to judge how you are faring compared to other people in your industry or age bracket. Career paths aren’t always straightforward; they can take unexpected directions, so don’t be afraid to let your own career path do the same.
What criteria do you want from a career? Write the answers down
Tempting though it might be to just launch straight into a job hunt, it would be wiser to hold off on this until you have answered the question: “What really holds meaning for me?” Furthermore, you shouldn’t be vague in answering this question. Note as many nitty-gritty details as you can.
For example, you might like the idea of a job where you would daily interact with other people. You might also be attracted to the prospect of daily problem-solving in a career. List seven to 12 criteria, as doing this can bring you closer to deciding what type of job you genuinely want.
Can you really marry a passion to a job?
You might be familiar with the saying: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” However, some passions don’t always obviously lend themselves to financially palatable careers. Your Morris dancing hobby, for example, might have to remain just that – a hobby.
However, you can help iron out the discrepancies between your interests and the available job opportunities if you also specify the soft and technical skills upon which you can most effectively draw. You could then look for job listings that ask for those skills, says The Guardian.
Even once you have reached this point, it could take time for you to land into what you would deem your “dream job”. However, by banishing uncertainty and laying down a more concrete path for your future career choices, you could more easily land jobs in IT, marketing and other fields.