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What is the easiest yet most efficient way of planning a career

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Craig’s Answer

The best way to achieve the goal of being happy from a career standpoint, is doing what you love to do every day or enjoy doing! Many times we don't know what careers are available that combine our interests or even when graduating from high school (and even college), knowing the answer to "What do I want to do for a living?"

I have recommended to not only my own children, but many others that a very simple way to figure this out is to:
Step 1: What I REALLY love and REALLY don't love List
1) Make a list with two columns..."What you love doing every day?" and "What you do not enjoy doing every day?"
2) Fill this out by alternating from what you love and what you hate in each row, not taking more than 10 minutes of brainstorming
3) Review the list and remember the first set of things you filled out will highlight what you feel the strongest about

Step 2: How others would describe my talents?
1) Make a list of what others would use to describe your talents
Note: Feel free to ask others and write down what they say
2) If you asked others, make a list of how many items were repeated

Step 3: Compare the two lists from Step 1 and Step 2 for common themes
This helps highlights your talents and what you love to do.

For example, if the top item you loved was 'painting' and one of your top talents are 'creativity', there are a wide number of fields that could apply ranging from working in an Art Studio, to working as an artist, to entry level job in creative marketing or in user design.

Another resource that expands into other areas that apply (personality, salary expectations, etc.) is:
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/choosing-a-career-path

However, to find a vocation that feels like you are on vacation every day, the most important thing is find what YOU LOVE and what YOU ARE MOST TALENTED in and not just be truly happy, but watch successes grow!

Best of luck!
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the response, this advice really helps out in the long run Rakim
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Taylor’s Answer

Bridging the gap between our interests and building a career can be very challenging. This requires us to dig deep into what we love to do or things we used to enjoy doing. If you like art the best thing to do is find as many opportunities to exercise that interest. You will find people, opportunities and it will help guide you to a career direction. Put yourself in that field and you will find where you are meant to be!
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Sharhonda’s Answer

Hi Rakim,

I don't know about the best way but a good way is to simply start trying things you have an interest in and even a few things that sound interesting but you might not have thought about before. You said you like art and drawing- another option would be to volunteer or get a job at an art camp, school, studio, etc. this will allow you to learn different ways you can make art your full-time career or decide you just want it to be a hobby.

There are also career coaches that actually help you figure this out and plot a career path. Of course this route will cost you some money but depending on your situation it may be well worth it.

Good luck!
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Maricruz’s Answer

Hello Rakim,

The best piece of advice I would provide for you is to set up a step-by-step process of starting your career development.

I am not sure of your current stopping point, but if you are currently enrolled in a Higher Education University/College; try visiting your campus Career Services department. This department will be able to assist you with in-depth career advice such as resume building, job search, career assessments, and career events.

If you are currently not enrolled in school and still searching - try taking career assessments online. This will allow you to build self-awareness of your strengths and match you to job positions that will be best suitable for your interests.

I hope this helps!
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