CAREER DEVELOPMENT / APR. 28, 2014
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How to Discover What You Really Want From a New Career

It is not easy to change from one career to the next. In this economy, it has become quite challenging to land the ideal job, let alone get into a new career. However, if you have a strong passion for a particular career and you push hard enough, you really can get the career you want, even if you have to create one yourself.

Some people will be nervous when asked about their career goals, but if you haven’t thought about it lately, there are several things to consider that will give you some ideas. Begin by considering  how your new career will benefit society. From this vantage point, you will be able to come up with things that interest you, your values and how your personality will match this new career.

Take a Personality Test

Whether you agree or not, your personality must match the new career that you want to venture into. If it is better to see a career counselor, by all means do so. If you want to go into nursing for example, but don’t have the patience and caring personality to handle the obvious complaints that you will receive from patients, then this may not be the career for you. If you are good at convincing someone to buy an outfit that they would never have bought had you not spoken to them, then you belong on a sales floor or in some sales position. But if you are an introvert, don’t attempt a sales job, no matter how good it appears. Your personality has a lot to do with finding out what you need from a career.

Is the career interesting to you?

To be successful, you should be passionate about the new career, but not overly passionately. At least, once you start, you will learn to love what you do, especially if you have a genuine interest.  Once there is some interest, you can pursue the career and then eventually, you may not want to do anything else.

Do your skills match the requirements?

Do you have the skills that it takes to do the job efficiently? You must at least have the basic skills to pursue a new career. You would be able to learn more while on the job. If you are someone who has an aptitude for quick learning and adaptation along with your skills and experience, you will fit into to a new career that you want.

Do you want to feel fulfilled?

If you are the kind of person who wants to feel fulfilled, then look for something meaningful. For example, if you love outreach, find a career that allows you to interact with people from the community. If you are not in such a career, you can do volunteer work to make up for it, but in the end, if you are not fulfilled, you won’t be happy in your new career. Make sure it is something that will challenge you and help you to achieve your goals.

Your motivation

For some people, money is a motivation enough. For some people, it is their beliefs and values. For others, it is being recognized for their efforts. What motivates you is what will propel you.

Once you have decided what you want from your new career, you can match up those needs to the options available to you. For instance, if your priority is money, choose a career field where you can make the money that you want. But if you want to care for people it shouldn’t always be about money because you may never feel fulfilled.

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