Identify Your Goals
Are you simply surviving or are you thriving in your career? It's important to consider not just the quantity of your possessions, but also the quality of your work life. Here are some tips for finding a fulfilling career path:
- Identify Your Purpose: What work excites you? What would you do even if you weren't getting paid? Think about the kind of work that you're willing to push through the tough times to become the best in the world at it. Seek out work that makes a difference and provides value, and you'll likely find that income isn't a major concern.
- Change Your Routine: If you're having trouble identifying your purpose, try setting aside time each day to explore the variety of needs in the marketplace where you could make a positive impact. Discipline yourself to get away from distractions like social media and television, and invest that time in planning for your future.
- Research and Networking: Consider job descriptions for your desired career path and whether they require or prefer specific certifications or advanced degrees. Reach out to others who have earned those credentials to request informational interviews and ask about their experiences and perspectives. Use tools like LinkedIn, AggieNetwork.com, or CareerShift to help you identify potential contacts for those conversations.
- Gain Experience Through Volunteering: If you're having a hard time identifying your interests, consider volunteering for a community or charitable organization. Volunteering can provide valuable work experience that can be included on your resume when the activity aligns with the work you would perform for a prospective employer.