Whether you’ve just graduated college, recently joined the workforce and not happy with your job, or have been in the workforce for several years and getting bored, it’s always the right time to think about your career. The question of “What do I do now?” or “Where do I go next?” can be answered with a little introspection and time.
Follow these three steps to put you on the road to a career that fulfills you.
Step 1: Turn the table and interview yourself
Ask yourself some of the same questions that a potential employer might ask, such as:
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Why do you want to leave your current employer?
The first question allows you to really think about what you want to do. What you are looking for in your next move. Is it making more money, want to be an SVP, running your own company?
The second question gives you some insight into the difficulties and challenges of your current employment. Is there no room for advancement, not enough money, not happy with your boss? Take an objective look at these current work stressors and make sure they aren’t something that you could change.
Remember, you always want to be running towards something, than away from something. That applies to your career as well as life.
Step 2: Find Your Inspiration
Inspiration can come from many different areas of life, both internally and externally. Think about what makes you happy, fulfilled.
- What are your goals?
- What do you want to stand for or live for?
- What are your passions?
The answers to all these questions lie within you and are waiting to be unlocked.
Step 3: Take Action
Now it is time to take action to get the career you want.
- Research: Research the type of job/career to see what is required. Does it mean going back to school, getting certified, re-thinking your skill set into this new job, or finding a mentor.
- Informational Interviews: Reach out to your network to locate someone that is doing the this type of work. You can confirm this is a job you can get excited about. Ask the person if you can shadow them to confirm this is the career for you.
- Start Interviewing: Go get that job, start that next career and make it happen. Don’t let fear get in the way of your happiness!
Figuring out your next big career move doesn’t have to be stressful. If you give yourself enough time to consider the possibilities, you’ll be better served than by making quick, rushed decisions.
These three steps are the keys to discovering your next career move. Spend time in introspection, find your inspiration, and then take action to find that career that will make you happy and excited about Mondays again!
Please reach out if you would like help figuring out your next career, happy to help!