How to Know What’s The Right Career For You 131

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Choosing the right career for you is one of the most important things you’ll be doing with your life. It’s something that will take a big part of your time, in which you’ll invest so much efforts and exceed slowly over the years.

Professional expertise and becoming well-known in a field may take up to a decade. So choosing the wrong career path will be a waste of a whole phase of your life if you don’t think it through.

But how do you know what’s the ideal job for you, what field you’ll never get tired of, which market will be evergreen and will give you plenty of chances to achieve more and enough paying customers to support you for a lifetime?

Let’s begin by answering these two questions:

1. What’s the one thing I’m truly passionate about?

What is it that you can do for hours without getting overwhelmed? What can you talk and read about day after day? What engages your mind when you have nothing else to do? What’s the activity that makes you lose track of time and which leaves you even more filled with energy and enthusiasm after that?

The answer is your passion. And it’s different for everyone.

It may be hard to notice it at first. There are too many distractions in daily life. And if you’ve always lived in your comfort zone there’s a high chance you never had the opportunity to show off your talents, to see what you care about and what moves you more than anything else.

If your dream is to be a flight attendant, for instance, you may have never guessed it if you never stepped on a plane in your life so far. You may have watched movies about it and felt something inside you burning with desire, or you may be a person who always looks in the sky when outside and a plane passes.

So take the time today to get to the bottom of this. Find the one thing you’re passionate about more than anything else in the world. It’s your mission to pursue it and it’s the right career for you. You’ll exceed in it effortlessly, will enjoy working a job related to it and will be satisfied with this aspect of your life.

2. How does your ideal lifestyle look like?

Think about your ideal life in details. Imagine how you want your near future to look like. The best way to get specific is to describe one such day.

Write down how you want it to look like from waking up to the moment you go to bed.

Which people you don’t want to spend time with? What time would you go to work? Or will you be working from home? What projects will you work on? Will you have a daily workout and eat well? Will you have many tasks on your to-do list but only essential things that you simply get done in order of importance? Where will you live? How will you spend your free time?

Visualize all this. Then, turn it into goals. Start by removing the things in your current life that you don’t want to be in your future.

Then, think what job will best suit this lifestyle. Consider all aspects of it: workplace, colleagues (if any), commuting, whether it includes traveling every now and then, the chance to make more money if you work harder, the working hours, the influencers you can reach out to in this field, the connections you’ll make, etc.

Let’s take an example. The real estate market is full of competition. It takes some serious work before you become anyone. You need to be a people person, be good at sales, learn everything about the market, have exceptional attention to detail, be aggressive when you need to but still polite and professional, be patient and persistent at the same time, and more.

But if the game excites you, if you’d love to help people find the ideal home for them even before they know which one they want, if you’re interested in buildings and are good at preparing them for clients’ visits, if the idea of working with wealthy customers and making a huge commission with each sale excites you, then you can pursue a career in that industry.

You can become a real estate agent with the right preparation, determination and hard work. You first need to understand what it takes to get licensed and make sure you meet the criteria. Then complete the required number of hours for your education and pass the exam.

Once you do that, you’ll begin working for someone and making your first money. But what’s more important, you’ll be learning from your mistakes, getting to know the market inside out, seeing what works and what doesn’t, optimizing your approach, forming relationships, and more.
Until one day you’re ready to become something more and start a business on your own.

So, now that you have these 2 aspects in mind, what’s the right career for you?

See also:

The Passion Test
Discover Your Passion in Life
How to Take Control of Your Career Path

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9 Ways to Handle Change in Your Life [Infographic] 3

9 Ways to Handle Change in Your Life [Infographic]

When a big change happens in your life, it doesn’t have to be a negative change to have a huge impact on you.

Change causes uncertainty and our brains and bodies react to uncertainty by trying to protect us with the release of fight or flight chemicals and hormones.

The downside to this is that living with these for an extended time results in elevated heart rate and affects your digestion, immune systems and blood flow.

But there are ways you can regain control over your life even in the midst of big changes.

The first is to take a step back and reflect on what’s actually happening and what your involvement is, which will help you to understand and find perspective on the situation. Hopefully, this will enable you to find the opportunities that every change in your life brings, rather than obsessing over any short-term negative impacts.

It may also help you to allow yourself a transition period where you adjust to the changes. But with a firm deadline by which you expect to have moved on and settled into the new routine. Even if it doesn’t quite work out that way, it will still push you towards visualizing the end of the uncertainty, which will prepare you to make it happen sooner rather than later.

On a more basic level, you need to remember to look after yourself during this time of change and the related stresses.

It can be too easy to fall into bad habits like neglecting your own simple needs, like a good night’s sleep and staying active and eating right when you are going through something like this. Having a day in your pajamas eating ice cream out of the tub is fine. But your body needs sleep, exercise and nutrition to keep you healthy.

Routine can be a comfort when it feels like everything in your life is changing.

So try and stick to some simple ones like walking your dog every morning or going to a regular gym class to give your life some stability and consistency.

You also need the help and support of those around you. And having a strong support network is crucial when it comes to coping with big changes in your life. This means family and friends, but you could also seek out people going through similar experiences by looking online. There may well be communities who you can talk to and get helpful tips from.

Most importantly of all, you need to be aware of when you need more than just the love and support of other people to help you cope with stress and uncertainty. If you start to feel like your mental health is really suffering, or you have been feeling the symptoms of stress for more than a couple of months, you need to go and talk to a health professional to get the help you need to bounce back.

You can read more practical tips about dealing with change and the symptoms it causes in this infographic from Pounds to Pocket.