Whichever stage you are at in your career, there are questions you should be asking in your current job and for any job you might consider in the future.
There are many examples of students who start college as one major, but wind up switching at some point and receiving a degree in a different major. In fact, statistics show that nearly a third of college students change their major within three years.
If this is the case, then it shouldn’t be a surprise if the same happens when these students graduate from college and join the workforce. That is, they get jobs in their field of study only to discover it isn’t really what they want to do.
If there is one thing most of us have in common, it is that at some point in our lives, we thought we had it all figured out. At least until we came to the realization that perhaps our dream careers weren’t dream careers. When people come to that conclusion, they need to start over and determine how their career path should look.
Now, it might not be crystal clear if you are ready for a career change. After all, we will all go through ups and downs with any job we have, it may or not mean anything if you are not really happy at the moment because that can change.
What you can do to see just how happy and content with your career is to ask yourself a series of questions and then answer them as honestly as possible. There is no use in cheating yourself.
PointAbove and your professional career coach present you with questions you should ask yourself about your career.
Do You Feel Challenged and Excited at Work?
If you answer yes to this, then to have found yourself a good fit. If this continues, you will in all likelihood remain satisfied and happy with your career.
But if you answered no, you might want to consider a different path. A job that doesn’t pose a challenge to you can lead to boredom and feeling unsatisfied with what you do for a living.
What are You Passionate About?
When you were in college, you probably picked a major that you had an interest in. Perhaps you picked psychology because you are fascinated with the mind. Upon graduation, you worked towards becoming a counselor. That is, until you realized that sitting around listening to other people’s problems wasn’t your cup of tea.
So what you now need to do is pinpoint exactly what you love about the mind, your passion. What you might discover is that your passion has nothing to do with your field of expertise.
How Does Your Job Fit Into Your Life?
In addition to having a dream job, you have a vision of what you consider to be a dream life. You need to realize that a dream job isn’t going to necessarily make your life happy.
One key when looking into career choices is how your dream job will fit in with your relationships, commitments and even your spirituality.
Rank the things in your life that make you happy, the top five, and consider how your dream job will affect those areas. For example, a job that requires you to be on the road for long periods of time is sure to conflict with your commitments as a parent and spouse. Will this conflict with your dream life enough that you should consider a different job?
What Does Your Dream Job Look Like?
This is a question that goes far beyond your compensation and job title; it is the nitty-gritty of what you do, or want to do, every day.
You might prefer a structured environment in an office setting, you might prefer traveling to different cities and staying in strange hotels, you know what you like.
You will also want to consider what your dream job will look like five or 10 years down the road. Take into considerations how you want to advance in your dream job and how much it might change.
You need to figure out if you will be happy doing one specific thing in your career or if you want to be more of a generalist. That is, someone who knows a little about everything but doesn’t focus just on one thing.
How is Your Outlook?
If you seem to be in more bad moods than good moods and you have a sour outlook on life, your current job might be to blame. Chances are there is something going on in your career making you view life in a negative way.
Think hard about what you can do to make a correction that will improve your outlook. It might be something that can only be resolved by changing jobs.
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