How do you know you are in the right career? For many of us the more realistic question is what do we do when we know the career we are in isn’t the right one. Maybe you have a feeling you should be doing something else, but have no idea what that could be? It’s OK to question where you are and where you should go next, in fact I encourage it! For me, the best thing to do is to start with looking inward.
Assess Where You Are
What do you like in your current role? Surely you don’t hate every single thing. Make a list of everything you enjoy doing now. On the flip side, point out what you dislike. That’s ok. Rainbows and clouds aren’t realistic. There are some things you will accept as part of your day and some things that you want to make sure you avoid at all costs. For me, one thing I refuse to ever deal with again is a micro manager boss. It is just so against my personality, I am miserable with it. I have set a boundary and if I run into it the future I will move on. I have to. It is just something that is not ok with me. What does that look like for you?
Know Who You Are
What is your personality type? Are you an introvert who love to write? Or do you get bored unless you talk to a ton of people everyday? Maybe you are somewhere in the middle? It’s important to know what you like and dislike, along with what your strengths and weaknesses are. I am an avid personality test taker, so my go to is a test like Myers Briggs to figure out these aspects.
If you want an MBTI type test, check out 16personalities which is free and pretty comprehensive. The Muse also has a good article on several of the best tests to help you figure out your best career. If quizzes aren’t your thing, try thinking about what makes you tick. What is important to you in your life and what could you care less about? Also think about what people have consistently complimented you on over the years. This will give you a good insight as to what your strengths are.
Take the Next Step
INFJ that I am, I have taken all the tests to figure out what I am meant to do. Turns out, I am on the right path. As far as Corporate America goes, HR is the best place for me. Long term, it’s being an entrepreneur. There are other options that I would be a good fit for but are a bit out of reach. For example. Psychiatrist always comes up for me. The issue is, I am not going to medical school and taking on all that debt! I also think I would get drained with all that talking about serious topics. While these tests are great to get some insight, you also have to think about what makes the most sense for you given where you are in life and where you want to go. Think outside the box.
The most important thing is to make a step forward to your new life. If you found that you are an extrovert who thrives on talking to people but work in accounting, how can you get more interaction with people? If you are like me and an introvert who loves helping people, how can I structure my day to get more involved with actions that make a difference?
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