Everybody goes through a different process when trying to figure out what they want to do in life. When I went to college I thought I wanted to be a lawyer because they make a lot of money. My major was political science and I was good at my classes. But it wasn’t something I was passionate about. I went through 5 majors in college lol When I found the right advisor we sat down and talked about what I was interested in and what can I see myself doing for the rest of my life. My answer was helping people and the advisor told me about social work. I have a degree in sociology and work for the State of Illinois as a Mental Health Technician. It can be a challenging job as any but when I started working I just knew it was meant for me. I felt it and I felt good. You should start off with a lists of interests you have then what job careers can be associated with it. Also add what majors can go with it too. Talk to family or friends about what your interested in doing as well. Other people close to you maybe of help. Doing some research online won’t hurt either. Hope this helps, good luck!
I would suggest these before deciding on your question:
1) List all kind of professions/works that appears attractive to you
2) Speak to at least 5 people in each of these area and list down the responsibilities and Roles
3) Strike out which you feel you hate doing
4) Strike out which you do not enjoy doing them for long term
5) Remaining areas are your probable potential careers that you enjoy.
6) Decide the one which is the best suite to your kind of personality and in which you think that you will be able to make huge impact in that discipline.
MAKE CAREER PLANNING A REGUAL EVENT
The first thing you have to do Jessica is define what is the meaning of success for You. You'll never find career success chasing a dream or plan that someone else has outlined for you. And... you won’t find it trying to align yourself with societal standards that you never even created. Second, you have to ask yourself whether you have the mental fortitude to be truly be successful. It is important to understand that sometimes accomplishments are not synonymous with happiness, and it is not synonymous with career success. Success requires mental fortitude. Success is what you experience when you have the courage to go after what you want even if it makes you and others uncomfortable and even if you don’t ultimately attain it. The kind of success I am talking about is hard to come by without risk.
KEEP A RECORD OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
Most of us don’t keep a track record of work achievements; however, this is not only useful for building your resume, it’s also useful for career planning. Learning to track and write about your professional accomplishments will serve you well when working toward your next career goal. Our likes and dislikes change over time, so it’s always a good idea to reflect on what you feel strongly about in your life and career. Make a list of what you like and dislike about your job. Hopefully you still enjoy a lot of your work activities, but if that’s not the case, it might be time to start considering a new job or career. It’s also important to have a clear and meaningful purpose that you find emotionally engaging. What do you really need from your work? To make a difference? To become financially independent? Also, do some research on what skills you need to gain. If your goal is to become the VP of Finance, for example, what experience and skills do you need to gain in the next year, or in the next five years, to be qualified for that job title? Then create a plan for achieving your long-term career goal.
ADJUST YOUR CAREER GOAL AS NEEDED
While you can be successful in your career without setting goals, you can be even more successful with goal setting. What are your short-term (within a year) and long-term (within five to 10 years) career goals? You probably already know about SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timebound) goals. Always write them down and share the list with someone. This will help you to create a sense of accountability. Another big part of career planning is reviewing and adjusting these goals on a regular basis – and developing new goals once you accomplish your previous ones. So, each time you sit down for a career planning session, break out this list and review it. Never miss a chance to learn and grow more as an employee and individual. Part of career planning is finding training opportunities, courses, or workshops that will help you further your career. If your company offers professional development opportunities, take advantage of them. This is free money and can be valuable in reaching your goals.
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR FUTURE
A fun part of career planning is picturing your career in the future. Where will you be in a year or in five years? While it’s impossible to plan everything, it’s always good idea to know where you’re going and what various career paths are available to you. As employees progress in their careers, fewer jobs at more senior levels become available, yet continuing to grow your skills and experience should still be a priority. You can continue to experience career growth by investing in your career development – e.g., you can talk to your manager about job shadowing other employees in your company to learn about different jobs, or you can attend various training sessions and workshops. You can explore lateral moves to broaden your experience or find a mentor in a different department that you’d like to explore. Build relationships with leaders within and outside of your organization, attend job-related conferences, and explore other events. The better your network, the more opportunities you have to learn from others who’ve enjoyed success. To find out more about other possible career options, you can conduct some informational meetings with colleagues or managers – people are generally willing to share advice if you ask.
Jessica regularly reviewing and planning will make you better prepared for whatever lies ahead in your career. Steer your career deliberately, but also be open to life surprising you with new adventures even if they don’t exactly match the destination you had in mind.
Hope this was Helpful Jessica
John recommends the following next steps:
Look at what you enjoy most and see if that can be applied to job. As someone who is studying to be an engineer, I really enjoy solving problems and I don't mind working in groups and getting a job/task done. But this may not be the case for you so think about something you enjoy and see if you can apply it to a career.
Aaron recommends the following next steps:
When I was in high school and college, I wanted to become a psychologist because I like helping people. It turns out I had a knack for business and healthcare. I currently work for a healthcare company where I use my psychology and business knowledge almost everyday. From researching and crunching numbers (all taught in psychology) to communicating co-workers, I combine both of my strengths everyday. I would encourage you to shadow, cultivate skills outside of your comfort zone, and never be hesitant to explore ask questions along the way.
As you consider a CAREER, I suggest that you start with passion - what moves you and makes your heart happy. In addition, I believe when considering a CAREER, view it from the standpoint that you can do whatever it is that you choose for the rest of my life. Now, I'm not saying you have to do it for the rest of your life but only that you can do it. Also, consider whether or not you can commit wholeheartedly to what you want to do. Best wishes on your road to a decision and do not become discouraged or frustrated if you cannot figure it out right away. Lifetime decisions require careful, deliberate and intentional consideration.