Do you want a career or job?
Do you know the difference between a career or job?
In any given career, you will find that some people really enjoy what they do and others merely tolerate it so that they can take home a paycheck. Sometimes that is the difference between a career or job. Wouldn't it be great if everyone could enjoy what they do for a living? It makes life much easier if the work you do is something you like. It is also something attainable - BUT - you need to give it some thought before jumping into the job-search process.
There are many reasons why some people are in jobs they do not like. One reason is that they take whatever job first comes along regardless of what it is, they feel like they are stuck in a career path with no way out. Another reason is that the income was more important to them than their quality of life.
The hardest reason to understand, though, is that they never took the time to find out what they were best suited for in the first place.
Taking the time to look inwardly before launching a job-search is very important. In order to know what to target, you need to know what you want.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
- What do you enjoy doing?
- How do you spend your leisure time?
- What do you do better than most people you know?
- What hobbies do you have?
- Do you have any goals you want to achieve in life?
Career or Job?
When you take the time to get to know your desires and hopes
, you have a much better understanding of what you ought to be doing. You have to find out where you want your life to go before you can decide how you want to get there.
Once you start to brainstorm what it is that really drives you, then you can determine what career paths best suit your goals. Narrow down the list of possible jobs and you will have something specific that you can truly focus on. Defining your career path is essential. If you don't, you simply have no direction to your life at all. It is kind of like realizing that you need to drive to Austin, Texas, but not really knowing what the best way is to get there from where you are.
There are many resources available on the Internet to help clarify goals, test your aptitudes for various vocations and career fields and determining your interests. Use them to help you narrow your focus, but don't rely on them to the point that they exclude things you truly enjoy (not all tests are created equal). You know what is inside your heart and that says more about your potential success than any test can.
Something that is available as an option for many people is volunteering in a variety of capacities prior to launching a job search. Not everyone will be able to do this due to time and resources, but for those who can do it, the benefit is that you can see what life is like on the inside of various organizations (the corporate culture or environment) before making a commitment to it.
Once you have a feel for what you want to do, take some time to write down the answers to these questions:
- Why do you want to do this?
- What traits do you possess that will help you succeed?
- Are there any limitations to entering this field?
- Is your temperment a good fit with this type of work?
Reflection = Results
There are many things that determine why people choose the careers they choose. Life experiences, income requirements, education, religious beliefs, security, knowledge and so much more. When you understand your own personal belief structure, your goals, your abilities and your interests, you have ample awareness of yourself to make the important career decisions that affect your future.
It's amazing how many people jump into jobs without sufficiently knowing the reasons behind their choices.
You, however, are going to do MUCH better since you now have a deeper understanding of your inner self. You know what you want and why and that is vital in selecting the right career path.
So, What's Your Choice?
A Career or Job?
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