Are you daydreaming about how to find a new career? One that’s more fun or financially rewarding? When at work, do you often ask yourself, “Why do I keep working here?” or “When will I quit?” Do you often think about a job that makes you feel good at work each day?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to look into how to find the best career for you. Each career situation is very different so there are many variables to think about before taking the plunge into a new career.
A few things to think about
- Here are a few things to think about before quitting your job or changing your career path to start a new one:
- What is it about my job that is causing me to find a new career?
- How much of a “nest egg” (of available money) do I have when I make the shift to a new career?
- Will I really be happier than I am now? Or can I fix what I have at my current one?
- What is it in my career or life am I willing to give up to start over?
These aren’t easy questions to answer, and they’re definitely not questions to take lightly. It’s a good idea to ruminate on these questions to come up with authentic answers. If you do decide to make a career change, make sure you can stick with it long term.
The next thing
The next thing is, “Do you know what career you want to pursue?” Maybe you already know what kind of work you want to do, but it’s often easy to see you want to find a new career. Yet, it’s not always easy to figure out which career you want to pursue.
If that happens to you
If that happens then, this is a great time to ask yourself some very important questions that will guide you into a career path for which you are best suited:
- What are my strengths? What do my family and friends think I’m good at?
- What do I love doing? What kind of things do I enjoy so it doesn’t feel like work?
- What kinds of problems do I solve? Or how am I helpful?
- What do I do if I make less money?
- Is it worth it for me to take this risk?
After asking yourself these questions
After asking yourself these questions, you can brainstorm and write the answers down for each question. Take some time with this because the answers you come up with will help determine your path forward.
When you have the answers to these questions sorted out, take some time to look for the overlapping answers to each question. The commonalities and overlapping answers will form a compass that will point you in the right direction to help you find a new career.
Sometimes you can get caught up in the perfect answer to the questions about what you are great at doing or what you love to do. In that case, it’s best to ask yourself about your strength or weaknesses. Sometimes, you don’t know your strengths, what you are best at, or what positive traits you have.
Surveying those who know you best
In that case, if you don’t know the answer to the question, take a survey of 10 people that know you the best and ask them to give you the answers to these questions. Evaluate and find the most common strengths, and move forward with them as a factor in your search.
If you are having a challenge identifying what the world needs or what problem you are solving, it’s important to evaluate the markets to determine if your solution is viable.
This involves market research, asking pointed questions to potential customers or clients about their needs, and determining if you have a solution.
Know your customer
In short, it’s “Know Your Customer” but it also applies to careers where you know there is a solid, established, and proven customer base.
If you firmly decide to change your career, you’re going to need to come up with some ideas about what you might want to do next. It’s likely you already have a few ideas, and you just need to evaluate the one and move forward. If you are unsure, rank the career ideas you like on a 1-10 scale. This also might help you clear it up.
The most important part of this is to give a full commitment to whatever new career you choose. This is a huge change in your life, and you should be completely invested in this path before fully moving forward.
The key to a fulfilling life is a living a life you love to wake up to each day. When you find the best career for you, you will be primed to find more fulfillment in your day-to-day life.