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Finding the career that you Really Love

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Finding the career that you really love is crucial for achieving lasting happiness in life and it’s not a terribly difficult thing to do, yet most people struggle with it their entire lives.

 

 Today we face an unprecedented amount of possibility when it comes to choosing a career, We can literally be or do anything we can imagine and so many become overwhelmed or simply pursue that which they think will offer the most security or money.  Unfortunately, decisions based on these terms do not usually lead to work that leaves us feeling fulfilled in life.  Another scenario is one in which someone becomes highly experienced in a given area without any real passion for it, but continues due to high pay and a comfortable standard of living — this is a particularly dangerous trap for those looking to find meaningful work because it requires us to move outside of our comfort zone and potentially risk losing what we have worked so hard to build.

 

 

 It is usually easier to make a career change when you lose a job or are in a more pressing situation, sometimes when we are let go from a job, it makes us re evaluate our life and career path.  This can also be true, for a woman who has stayed home to look after her family for many years, or if the marriage has broken up and the security has been taken away from that person.

 

No matter what your current situation, however, you can find meaningful work that is aligned with your talents and passions.  It is recommended that you get clear on what it is you want (at least in a general sense) before embarking on any major career changes or alterations of your life path.  

 

The following steps can help you with this process: 

  1. Accept confusion; it okay to feel like this, it is a natural feeling to have. Fear of the unknown is a big one.
  2. Don’t pigeonhole yourself; don’t feel that you need to define yourself as a; secretary, sales clerk, engineer.
  3.  Find where you values and talents meet;  what is your true passion; do like helping people? do you love to talk?  Do you love music? do you love to fix things; people or things?
  4.  Getting back in the work force;  Try  out jobs in the real world, for example by shadowing or volunteering, testing out careers through experiential learning.
  5. Discover your passion; it may be music, art, the internet, designing, gardening.
  6. Branch out;  you can pursue “branching projects” or temporary assignments, on the side of your existing job. Try teaching yoga or doing freelance web design on the weekends. Such small experiments can give you the courage to make big—and well-informed—changes. They can open door to things you never even thought of.
  7. Challenge yourself: this could be start a new sport or join a group, network with people and let them know you are looking for a new opportunity.

 

There is a huge amount of fear around this and we need to take some chances—or else we might end up looking back on our lives with regret.

Carpe diem, advised the Roman poet Horace. Seize the day before it is too late.