Are you doing what you love and living out your purpose? Here are some helpful factors to take into consideration when finding your career passion.
If you are having trouble loving what you do for a living, you are not alone. The problem is that many of us just go through the motions; high school, college, job, etc. We find ourselves in jobs that we do not like. So how do we find our career passion?
You may have taken a job perhaps just for the money or simply to have a job. This may feel like a success at first but when the "rubber meets the road", we find ourselves stressed out and unhappy. Here are some tips for finding passion in your career.
Find Your Career Passion
- Ask yourself, "What is it that I like to do?" When you find something that you truly enjoy doing, it won't feel like work. You will feel fulfilled and "at home" with your skills.
- Ask yourself, "What am I good at?" Some of us grew up in environments where compliments were not readily handed out, so this can be a difficult question. If you are having trouble answering it, ask trusted friends and family members for insight. Have them describe you in adjectives.
- Reflect on your definition of what success is. What does success mean to you and how important is your idea of success? Your career passion likely ties with success whether it be fulfillment, financial, or status.
- Determine what your core values are in life. This will help you as you narrow down career possibilities that may fall in line with your values. Core values also help guide you into full or part-time work, getting married and starting a family. How does your career passion fall into line with your core values?
- Take an assessment of your current job. What is it that you are good at when working and what do you hate about your work?
- Ask yourself what it is that you want to be known for. This falls in lockstep with your core values.
Find Your Dream Job
Once you have explored the above questions, it's time to hone in on possible job ideas. Ask yourself the following:
- How would the type of work I do benefit me?
- How would my career benefit others?
- What is my description of the "perfect" job for me?
- What kind of people would I be working with?
- How would my career make me feel?
You need some time and thought with the above exercises. Consider taking a long weekend to search within yourself and jot down answers to the question above or put into a journal. Are you working your dream job? We'd like to know about it on Facebook or Tweet us!