Whether you’re just starting out in the world of work or considering a career change, deciding on which path to take can be a confusing process. These three tips should help you get that little bit closer to discovering your dream job.
Consider the meaning of success
Come up with your own personal definition of ‘success’ to decide what is important to you and what career will fulfil these expectations. Are you driven by money? Do you like having lots of free time to devote to your family? Do you want to travel the world?
Defining what success means to you is the first step to realising your career goals.
Strike a balance
Identify your likes and dislikes both inside and outside the workplace, and consider jobs that match these preferences. For example, if you coach a sports team at the weekend, you are likely to be a good leader and should consider careers which will allow you to use your motivational skills.
Once you’ve got an idea of the type of career you are looking for, look over some career profiles for that particular line of work. This will give you a better idea of what opportunities are in that field and what qualifications and experience employers are looking for.
If in doubt, discuss your interests and professional attributes with your recruitment consultant and ask them to suggest a job which strikes the best balance between your personality and your strengths.
Make a list of people that you consider to be good role models, whether they are a friend, a work colleague or a public figure. List why you think they are successful, and what personal attributes have helped them realise their dreams. The traits of our role models are a good indication of the person we aspire to be, so pay attention to the ways in which they have grown their success to motivate you to follow in their footsteps.