For me: I went to school for physics + mathematics, worked in technical support (now typically called Customer Success), then as a database admin, then a (jr) software programmer, then as a cloud engineer of a few seniority levels, before landing on my current role in Developer Relations (keeping it succinct: teaching what I've learned). What I want to show you by saying this is that my "career" is a very circuitous path. I didn't, for example, go to ugrad, then grad for physics and go do research or build rockets for Space X (et al). I'm not alone either - many professionals, especially with how often people change jobs now vs 10 vs 20 years ago (or more), have careers that are not "static" or "linear". So as you're taking the above advice to know where to start, please remember that advice never stops: you'll need to iterate. Maybe you'll start in a career you were passionate about but the lived reality wasn't what you expected. That's ok! Be open to change and pursue a new path. Maybe you'll start on a path and stay there for 5, 10 yrs or more and find that suddenly it's no longer a fit, either because you changed or other circumstances changed. That's ok too! It's never to late to change or find a new passion.
It's also ok to work at a job that is "just a job" and choose a job that lets you financially support hobbies that fulfill you. Remember that your job is only one aspect of you, and it should be only a part of the whole of your life rather than the entirety of it.
My particular assessment told me exactly what I wanted and gave me many ideas of what I would be interested in. One of the career was Career Counselor in which was a new career to me. I went back to school, talked with the professor from the Educational Psychology Dept and started the next month in the classroom. It was the perfect career for me, and I was so excited be in the classes. I got my certification and went to work in the high school Career Center and then was head of the center. I have worked at career counseling for over 25 years and work in many different ares of need for this career. Starting in high school, then in as a personnel Manager finding jobs for others, then went to a One Stop, government program, which helps people who are looking for job s or more education, then helping a charity with pregnant women who need to work with a new baby, and this last few years I have my own business. I hope this story helps you realize that there is help for people like us, and I will give you a few suggestions below! Best of luck in your search
Carole recommends the following next steps:
I also suggest to think about what type of activities you enjoy doing, and what about those activities could tie to future careers. For example, if you love animals, you could think through what type of jobs are available with animals, volunteer at a animal shelter, and more.
A practical approach you can work on in the meantime is to focus journaling what you tend to do on a weekly basis and summarize after completing the month ranging from likes, dislikes, impressions, and other experiences.
Everyone is born to contribute a special gift/talent to society. For now, just recall your childhood memories and ask yourself, "what would bring a SMILE to my face?" Do you remember any group/club/social engagement, interest, and task that you were a part of that allowed you to grow?
Good luck on your special journey to career development!
Jane recommends the following next steps:
It's definitely normal to feel like you're stuck! I recommend trying everything you can by either taking a class about the subject or volunteering. Once you find an interest in a career or passion, you should also interview a professional from that field about their daily duties and etc. You can also take a 16 personality test for free, then research what other individuals with the same personalities have pursued.
Christy recommends the following next steps: