When it comes to your career, you absolutely need to be happy. Some people will say that careers don’t matter. That it’s just your overall life that you should be concerned about.
However, we all spend such a long time working, that it’s important for us to make sure that we’re on a career path that we love.
If you’re working in an industry that you hate, or if you’re doing a job that you find hard, it’s tough. It may feel as if you’re just clock-watching all day.
Because so much time is spent at work, you will want to make sure that you love it. And not only that – but your career really can be a source of joy, so don’t you want to make the most of it? Don’t you want to have a rewarding career?
Now, because you’re here, it would seem that you do. Because most of us really do want to do a job that we love. And when the world is your oyster (which it very much is), why wouldn’t you want to go after the kind of career that you really want?
Even if you believe that you’re not skilled enough to do the job that you want, you are – or you can be. So that’s going to be what we work on today.
- Know What You Want To Do
So the very first thing you need to do is to figure out what you want to do with your life. And, okay, that can seem like a really big question, but, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming as it sounds.
In short, it’s just a way to work out what you want to do with your days. Do you want to travel or build a home? Do you want a lot of free time on the weekends?
What do you want to do with your days? Do you want to write or sell or communicate? This is how you can point yourself in the right direction.
- Narrow Down Your Skills
Then, it’s going to be helpful for you to take a look at your skills. What are you good at? Because if you hate writing, then being a writer may not work out for you.
But maybe you’re creative and you love design, or you love numbers and facts? Turn to these skills and see what career options lay in front of you.
- Turn To Your Passion
But not only that, why not think about the things you love in life. Because you can turn your passion into a career. Whether it’s writing or making people feel happier, playing a certain sport or learning about makeup. If there’s something that you’re passionate about, maybe you want to turn this into a career?
- Try New Things
Sometimes, it can also be helpful for you to try new things. Because if there’s something you’ve always wanted to do or try, you need to give it a go to see if you do like it – because this could be the answer that you’re looking for.
- Look At Side-Hustle Ideas
It’s also worth thinking about starting something on the side. Maybe you’re interested in passive income opportunities? Maybe you want to build your own empire? Then you’re definitely going to want to think about the side hustles that can help you to do this.
- Ask Questions
But then, you might want to start asking questions. Maybe you need to ask questions of those around you to see what they think you should do?
Or you could even ask questions more at work or be inquisitive with leaders in the industries that you respect to find out if that’s the kind of career you would like.
- Go Back To School
At this point, you may realize that going back to school is going to help you. And you can do this in person full-time, in the evenings, or even online.
With options like the University of Redlands online teaching program or an MBA or something like that, you can get the skills you need. And if there’s a specific career you want that you need a qualification for, this will be your next step.
- Do An Online Course
However, sometimes, you won’t need to fully go back to school or do a formal qualification like that. Sometimes you may just need to top up your skills to move into the industry or role that you want. So take a look at the online courses, in anything from writing to sales to marketing, to see if this can help you to get to where you want to be.
- Get A Mentor
And then, you may find that it’s going to help you if you have a mentor. This is because you may need guidance when you’re moving into a new industry or really trying to grow in your career.
This support and accountability can be invaluable. So why not think about finding someone you admire or even a business coach that can help you here.
- Start Networking
But not only that, you’re going to want to think about how you can network to get yourself into the best possible position career-wise.
If you meet the right people, you may find opportunities or learn something or make connections that could then help you at a later date. So start to network today because you will never know what can happen with this.
- Get An Internship
From here, you may be in a position where you need an internship. Because some industries will need you to have more experience before you can get a full-time job. So bag one. Work harder than you ever have before, use your networking skills, and just get in front of all of the people you want to be in front of.
- Build Up Your Own Thing
But if you did think about doing your own thing and starting that side hustle, maybe you’re realizing that you want to take this full-time. Maybe you want to build your own empire?
Then this is something that you are going to want to really build upon and see if you can make it into your career. It’s only going to take the same amount of work that you’d put into any of the other points above (and you’d use some of them too). So don’t write this one off.
- Go After That Dream
And then, at this stage, you just need to go for it. You need to send out those job applications, you need to work later into the evening and build that business, you need to just make it happen.
The crazy thing is, when you do discover the dream career and you know what you want to do, you’ll be hungry. And you’ll automatically go after it. You’ll find it addictive and you won’t want to stop. So this part is always the most exciting part of all.
And that really all there is to it. Sure, you need some confidence, you need to back yourself, and you need to be determined, but it’s not hard for you to do it.
Once you start believing in yourself and you start going after what you want, you’ll realize just how simple it can be to finally get the career of your dreams – especially when you’re willing to work hard for it.
Erik Christian Johnson is a full-time blogger, self-development advocate, and full-time network marketing Entrepreneur.
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