Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
CHOOSING A CAREER / SEP. 08, 2016
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How to Find a Career When You Don’t Have a Dream Job

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Without a dream job to motivate you, finding the right career and direction can be a serious challenge for anybody! We have everything you need here!

I’m sure at some point in your childhood you were asked what you wanted to be when you grew up. Did you have an answer? Did you have your entire future mapped out so you could get your dream job? If you did, well done! But not all kids had an answer.

Now you are all grown up, though, and you need to get your act together! You have to ask yourself some soul-searching questions that can help you determine what the most suitable job for you is. Remember that just because you don’t have a dream job doesn’t mean that there isn’t a job out there that’s tailored to your needs.

In fact, not having a dream job could be seen as a benefit as you won’t have the restrictions people with dream jobs usually have (for example, knowing that to succeed at your job you’ll need to work twelve hours a day seven days a week). Instead, you can choose a career based on your needs and preferences.

But, the most important factor you need to take into account when searching for a career is your passion for a job as this is perhaps the one thing that everyone needs in their career.

Why Is Passion for Work So Important?

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Surely, you’ve heard about passion for work a million times before but if you don't have a dream career you’ve probably thought that this term will never apply to you. But anyone can find their passion for work, whether they’ve dreamed of doing a specific job ever since they were five years old or not.

The only problem you’ll face is that passion for work won’t come as innately to you as to the person who’s dreamt of being an astronaut their whole life. You need to take this into account when searching for a job and decide which careers are likely to awaken your passions.

Keep in mind that not having passion for work can make you into an unmotivated employee who has no interest in pushing ahead and this won’t just affect the quality of your work, it will also be evident in your professional success or lack thereof.

Being passionate about work means being driven and motivated to achieve the best results and to do your best work, and if you manage to find this essential component in your work, you’ll discover that anything you set your mind to is within your reach, including promotions and raises.

Passionate professionals are eager to constantly learn and grow within their industries which means that they are always one step ahead. They are a force to be reckoned with in any company they find themselves in and it’s one of the most critical components for career success.

Remember, after all, that passion for work does not go by unnoticed, and if you find a career you are passionate about, and you dedicate yourself to it, it won’t be long before your boss notices. And bosses are always interested in keeping their best employees happy, whether this means money or power.

Of course, finding your passion for work always relates to the kind of job that you do. As long as you find the right job, you’ll be able to find your passion for work as well.

Why Do So Many People Struggle to Find the Right Job?

And while most professionals would tell you that they are interested in finding a career they feel passionate about, the truth is that most of the people without a dream job, struggle to find a job that’s right for them.

The problem is that many young professionals don’t focus on the factors they should take into account when job hunting. For example, most young professionals will put steady income over career satisfaction which can sometimes lead to a lack of inspiration at work.

A Personality Test Can Help You Identify a Suitable Job

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Taking your personality into account means considering your personal and professional needs when determining what a suitable career would be for you. You are helping yourself find a career that you will feel passionate about, and as we discussed above, a career you are passionate about is a prerequisite for success.

Of course, no matter how well we claim to know ourselves most of us have no idea what we are really like and this is where science comes in. A personality test will help reveal aspects of your character and your psychological makeup that could help you make a more informed decision in regards to choosing a career.

One of the most acclaimed personality tests is the Myers-Briggs test. This test will help you understand how you perceive the world and make decisions. According to the Myers-Briggs theory, there are four principal psychological functions by which humans experience the world and understanding who you are could serve as a great indicator in the type of career you should pursue.

You can take the test here for free.

Ask a Few Questions About Yourself

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Taking a personality test can point you in the right direction. But to ensure that you have taken everything into consideration when career searching, make sure that you ask yourself some important questions.

The questions below are meant to help focus your career search so make sure that you take into consideration the results of the Myers-Briggs personality test as well before you make a decision.

#1 Is the Job Meaningful to You?

Most people hate doing mundane jobs, which is why so many of us always look for companies who are trying to make an impact on the world. So ask yourself how meaningful a career is going to be for you and what are your odds of making an impact on the world.

Keep in mind that you should only take into account your standards and not anyone else’s as what matters to you might not matter to someone else and vice versa.

#2 Will It Offer You a Sense of Autonomy?

When I say autonomy I don’t mean that you need to be your own boss, rather I mean that you should feel that there’s room for you to develop and not feel trapped in your job. If you choose the wrong job, you’ll feel stuck and this won’t allow you to be productive. So consider how much room you’ll have for development in a specific career and decide accordingly.

#3 What Is the Work-Life Balance Like?

You’ll find that people pursuing their dream job have no need for work-life balance. Their work is their life, and all they need is a balancing act to juggle personal and work responsibilities. But if you don’t have a dream job, and you are looking for a job that will inspire you, you’ll require some time off work. You’ll find that for your job to be meaningful you’ll need to lead a meaningful life as well so don’t rush into a career that will require your every waking hour.

#4 Are There Growth Opportunities?

No one wants to remain in the same entry-level position, so it’s important to find a job that will allow you to develop professionally. To ensure professional happiness, you need to have professionally mobility, and if you find a career where there is none you’ll soon grow tired of it.

To avoid having to look for a new job in a year’s time make sure that you find a career with enough growth opportunities to keep you moving all the time.

Having a dream job is not an essential requirement to succeed professionally. All you need to ensure your professional advancement is that you find a career that is both meaningful and interesting for your personality type.

Did you have a dream job in mind when you began your career search? If you didn’t, how did you find a job that you liked? Let us know in the comment section below.

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