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"How do I Find the Perfect Career?" - Ask Me Anything Tuesday

"How do I find the Perfect Career?" -Anything For Me

Your dream career is close than you think

This always makes me think of the question we all heard as children, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" You decide to be a doctor or pop star, maybe a part time mermaid but you never say you want to work in an office or to work in retail (shopkeeper being the exception.) 

How are we expected to transition from this childhood imagination formed from playing pretend to the actual working world? 

There is that point in time where we all become slightly more realistic and start to understand that the real world of work is a little harder than the childhood games we played of doctors or teachers. 

You usually leave education and there seems to be no really guidance on what is supposed to happen next. You tell yourself you'll settle for nothing but the best but when those job offers don't come flooding in, you soon begin to accept something less. 

Now this isn't necessarily a bad thing. You're extremely lucky if you find the perfect career straightaway as most of us need a bit of trial and error first. Working within positions that aren't quite right, do usually help us decide what the perfect career really is and always remember that your "ideal" version of a career is likely to change as you develop and explore the job market. 

"How do I Find the Perfect Career?" -Ask Me Anything Tuesday

So what do you do?

My 5 Step method to finding the perfect career takes you through the stages to follow to achieve a job that makes you excited for Monday, not dreading the Sunday evening feeling and constantly wishing 5 days of the week didn't exist.

It is easier than most people think, it's all about looking at your skills and experiences and really considering what you're passionate about and looking for a job that meets your requirements. 

5 Stage Process

What are the 5 Steps?

You need to be sit down and writing the answers to all these questions, remembering to be honest (these notes are for your eyes only, you can't get away with lying to yourself.)
  • What would you do if you didn't have to consider money? 
  • What are your strengths? 
  • What are the musts for your next career? (your non negotiables
  • What do you love about your current or last role? 
  • What don't you like about you current or last role?
What to Do Next?

What to Do Next?

Once you have this information, you're ready to start your first search. You need to go onto a job board and inputted those words you have pieced together from the above questions. 

What appears will be the starting blocks of a job that matches your specifications.

Stop the Moaning

Stop the Moaning

Let's be honest we all like a moan and job moaning is common practise is most offices but you need to refocus that energy. Instead of spending your time bad mouthing your boss, put some real effort into a plan of action to make a change to your career. It only takes half an hour out of your normal routine to start making those first steps to a better future. 

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