Don’t Know What You Want To ‘Do For A Living?’ We Can Help!Posted: 28th of July 2015 by
Having to decide what career path to take, or even what jobs to apply for can seem like a more serious version of being asked what you want to do when you grow up. As a question it can seem slightly ridiculous, like how are you supposed to know what you want to do for the rest of your life? How can you really know if a particular job is right until you have tried it, or what if you quite simply don’t have a clue? But you’ve got to do something, right?
Rather than just thinking about jobs, it can help to think a little bit about yourself too so start by thinking about your personality and what jobs might suit it. Make a list of your main character traits as you see them – are you good with people, do you like organising things, are you creative, good with numbers, or something else entirely? Once you have made your list, have a think about these traits and how they might correspond to a type of job or career – it is OK to think of broad areas of work as well as specific jobs.
As well as your personal skills, you might have to bear your qualifications in mind when thinking about jobs. You will need to apply for roles at an appropriate level – after all you can’t expect to be Alan Sugar straight out of A-levels! However, your course can also be of use when thinking about what sort of work you would like to do. Did you enjoy quietly writing at school or college, or did you prefer to be at the front of the class giving a presentation? Maybe you enjoyed both, or perhaps you preferred to use your hands in more practical classes?
This will give you an idea of what types of workplace might be more suited to you, but if you really want to envision your dream career, just think of your hobbies!
Write down the types of things that you love doing in your spare time - the sorts of things you willingly and happily give up your time and money to do. If you can find a job that involves that then you will truly have your dream career – in fact you may even have an idea what that would be already. Looking for work in an area that is a hobby for you only increases your employability for the role - it shows dedication and a real feeling for the job that is impossible to fake. As well as this the ‘hobbies and interests’ part of your CV becomes a key part of your application, rather than just a footnote at the bottom. Even if you can’t find a job that perfectly matches your hobby, you may be able to find one that includes aspects of it.
You will also need to think about when you will want to work – would you work shifts, or do you need something more regular? How about working at weekends? Some careers will require you to work outside of regular hours, so the more flexible you are the better. But if you are the sort of person who likes their sleep don’t kid yourself into thinking you will be fine working nights!
Finally, even if this is your first job, you will need to be thinking about your next move. Very few people stay in the same job for their whole working career, and even if you get that dream starting position you will want to see room for progression and promotion. Ask yourself what sort of challenges you want to face to get to the next step, and where you hope to be with your career. Is there room to grow and progress in your chosen career?
Hopefully, you will be able to put together the sort of jobs you might want to apply for or work towards, but if not, don’t worry. If you are truly stuck, just look for something that you wouldn’t mind doing but with plenty of different aspects to the job. That way, you can try out a few different types of tasks and gain some varied experience that you can take with you when you finally decide on your dream career!
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