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How to Identify What You Want in a Career

Figuring out what you want in a career can be an incredibly difficult task. If you’re like most people, you want a combination of things. Discovering what all of them are and prioritizing them can be paralyzing, enough so that many people end up spending years working in jobs they dislike while they try to figure out what to do next. If that sounds like you, try the following to figure out what you really want:

– Try the “G+P+V=C” method. One well-established career counselor uses an easy formula to help people get a basic idea of what they want. He instructs people to start out by writing down their gifts – the “G” in his formula. Then he has them write down their passions and their values. In his opinion, most people find their calling when they discover a way to use their gifts by doing something they’re passionate about in a way that aligns with their values.

– Challenge your assumptions. Many people end up feeling trapped in their careers due to assumptions, conscious or unconscious. They may be assuming things about themselves, like that they’re incapable of succeeding in a field they’d like to try, or they may be assuming things about others, such as that nobody will value their contributions or that their families won’t support them in making a career move. Figure out what your assumptions are and then test them in order to find out if they’re true.

– Ask for help. Engage people who care about you, whether they’re friends, family members, mentors, or some combination of the above, in your search for a meaningful career. Figuring out what you really want to do professionally isn’t an easy task, and it’s even more difficult if you try to do it by yourself.

– Research. Career coaches and counselors have written a lot of useful books on how to find what you want in a career. Take some time to read their advice, as it may lead you to places you wouldn’t have found on your own.

How to Recover from a Job Interview Mistake

Even the most successful job interviews don’t always go smoothly. You might trip up and spit out a cliché instead of a thoughtful answer. You might accidentally reveal more about your personal life than you meant to or respond to a question in a way that doesn’t fully answer it. Regardless, if you catch your… Read More…

Should I Do an Internship after College?

Everyone knows that internships are extremely important for college students looking to kick-start their post-graduation career. However, for those who have already graduated, the question of whether to take an internship is less clear. If you’re trying to figure out whether an internship fits your post-college plans, ask yourself the following questions: Are you getting… Read More…

How to Figure Out What You Need from a Job

Unless you’re a lottery winner, you probably need a certain amount of money from your job. However, most people also want more out of their work than a paycheck. Whether your needs center around a certain lifestyle, a feeling of satisfaction, or benefits like health insurance and vacation time, you should give some serious thought… Read More…

Questions to Ask before You Quit Your Job

It can be a relief to finally realize that it’s time to quit your job, and you may find yourself tempted to cut straight to the chase and tell your manager you’re leaving. However, deciding what to do next can be as hard as or harder than figuring out that you’re ready to leave. Before… Read More…