- Determine Your End Goal
It's important to have an idea of what your end goal is. Ask yourself, am I in it for the money? Or am I looking for something that I'm passionate about? Or am I in it for both? These questions are important to consider when thinking of a career that is right for you because you can better apply the resources that are available to you. Money is a great motivator for most people, but not all careers that people are passionate about generating their desired income. In most of these situations, people will give up one for the other. In most cases you hear the phrase, " follow the money," and the other phrase is "follow your heart." Well, that can get confusing when these two things don't align together, But that is where this tip is very important. When you determine your end goal ahead of time, it makes the decision easier. So for example, an end goal could be starting a non-profit organization. Now the next step would be to research ways to achieve this goal.
- Brainstorm Ideas
One thing that a lot of people overlook is research. In this day and age, everything is online. We have access to so much information that is very beneficial. Once you have an end goal in mind, do as much research as possible, and write those ideas down. Research different jobs and their requirements. If there is a specific company that you want to work for, go on their website and learn as much as you can about their organization. This process rules out any surprises in the future if you were to become an employee. Learn what you need to do to meet the different job requirements that you have researched. The more things you brainstorm and write down the better. You can always cross things off and not have to worry about doing more research later on.
- Create A vision Board
There is a famous saying that says those who do not plan to succeed, plan to fail. Life is full of plans. Some of these plans succeed and some fail, but it's good to have a plan because then if you fail, you know what needs to be fixed or if you need to change the whole plan. Sometimes we get stuck on doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. Finding a career that is right for you will take time and planning. A vision board is a great way to visualize your ideas. Writing them down is not enough. Get cardboard from the dollar store and cut out pictures from magazines of things that represent your ideal career. You can be as creative as you'd like and as personal as you feel comfortable. This is all for you. The vision board can have dates for achieving certain things. Once you have achieved something cross it out. This will help you visualize your process as you continue to find the right career for you or as you complete the requirements for a job you are interested in.
- Enroll in School or Apply for the job you desire
Once you have all the information you need for your end goal, then move forward with confidence. If school is one of the requirements for the career you desire, then find a school that offers that program and apply. If you meet all the requirements in the job description of the career of your choice, then send in an application. Do not be afraid of the unknown. You will never know unless you try. Some companies can be tough to get hired on, but don't take no for answer, use that 'NO' as a 'NOT YET'. Then go back to your vision board and see what other ways you can approach that situation. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. Part of learning and finding the right career for you is taking in as much information to figure out what works for you. Sometimes you can find a good job or career, but it's just not right for you. Instead of just accepting the position, explain your demand to the hiring manager. At this point, you will have demands because you are also interviewing the company to see if they are the right fit for you. If the company does not meet your demands and will not compromise, then it's best to say your goodbyes. The goal is to get to a place where you are right for the job and the job is right for you!
- Pursue Your Dream Career
Last but not least, live your best life. Keep your vision board close and your end goal in mind. If at this point you have achieved your end goal, Congratulations! But now what's next? If not, keep working on reaching that goal. In life there are setbacks, don't let them discourage you from your end goal. The right career for you is out there. The question is, are you willing to work for it?
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