Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
SCHOOL LEAVERS / MAY. 27, 2016
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What to Do if You Have No Idea What You Want to Be When You Grow up

Are you still not sure what you want to be when you grow up? These quick steps will help you find your true purpose with a job that is perfectly suited for you.

Are you still trying to figure out what you want to be when you grow up? Are you thinking of making that big career change you’ve been thinking for a while now, but you aren’t sure where to start or what to do exactly?

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Unlike what some people say, not having the next step already figured out is not something empowering because of the vast pool of career paths, it is very stressful and nerve-wracking.

People say that you should always listen to your gut, but what if your gut isn’t loud and clear enough? Here are three things you can do to help jump-start your next career move.

1. Pay Attention to the Details

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Sometimes your passion for a specific industry may not be enough to make one position palatable. For example, you may love working in the fashion industry, but, if you have an advertising position that requires you to make cold calls for potential advertisers it can slowly eat away at your soul.

Pay attention to the details. Make notes during your workday and write down what makes you feel motivated or indifferent about your job. This way you will slowly build a picture of what position would be right for you.

2. Find Your Passion

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Try to link your passion with your professional life. It should make it easier to keep yourself interested and motivated in your work. Are there any events or activities you like to participate in? What is so important about them that makes you so excited? Do your activities have a common theme? Try to connect the dots together and this may lead you to your next big career step.

3. Arrange Interviews

Apart from being introspective, you should also try to get out there and learn more things about some other careers you might be interested in. If you want to get a sense of a wide variety of different roles in different fields you need to arrange at least 10-20 informational interviews to get a better idea. Even though this may sound a lot, at the end of the day you are going to look at quantity and not quality - the more people you speak with, the better idea you will get of each field.

Make sure to be prepared and have industry-specific questions to ask your interviewees with an open-ended format to get the most out of their answers “Would you recommend your company or job to a friend who is interested in __?” Afterwards, take notes on the conversation, so you have a record of all your interviews.

See Also: Is "Follow Your Passion" Terrible Career Advice?

Being sure what career you must follow is tough. Some people have it all figured out early in their lives, whereas others still struggle with finding their passion.

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