How Do I Know What to Be?

How Do I Know What to Be?

by Michelle Osei-Bonsu
Jobs People Do | JobsPeopleDo.com

Are you confused about what job you want to do in the future? Do you feel like there’s nothing out there that you actually want to do? If you answered yes to either of these questions then you’ll definitely want to keep reading this article. Believe it or not, but most people don’t actually know what career they want to pursue even after they’ve graduated elementary school and high school. There are even some university and college students who are still unsure, so don’t panic! You’re certainly not alone. It’s important to recognize that you have plenty of time to decide. Your friends may already know what they want but that doesn’t mean you have to know, too. It’s completely normal to be unsure of which job seems right for you.

Even though you have plenty of time to make a decision, it doesn’t hurt to get a head start. This way, you’ll be able to steer yourself in a more specific direction. Now this brings us back to the original question, “How do I know what I want to be?” A good place to start with this question is thinking about the things you love to do best. Draw up a list of things that you can spend hours doing without even realizing so much time has passed. Think about activities or tasks that you love doing in your spare time. Some of these may relate to career! Once you have your list, think of different ways that you can turn that activity into a career.

It’s also important to talk to people who know you best, like your family or close friends. They may see your potential to do well in career that you may have never considered. But don’t stop there. Also take a moment to consider your personality. Are you the type of person who needs to be active? How do you feel about working with people? Do you like being creative? Once you’ve thought long and hard about your personality, you may be able to cross some careers off your list and perhaps even identify one that suits your personality best.

Just keep in mind that once you choose a career you’re never “stuck”.  You can always change your mind later and steer yourself in a new direction. For example, up until the 12th grade, I was committed to being a doctor. I took all of the science and math courses that my school offered. I remember thinking to myself one day, “Is this really want to do with my life?” As it turned out, the answer to that question was no. Less than a year later, I found myself accepting an offer of admission to a Canadian business school. It might happen that quickly for you too. You might suddenly stumble upon a career that seems much more appealing to you, even though you’ve already begun training for another. The most important thing to do is cater to your happiness and choose whichever job is going to make you get up and going to work with a smile on your face every day.

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