Ever feel like you're stuck in the career you're in? Burn out and employee stress accounts for many levels of dis-satisfaction in life. Let's face it, you're at work for eight or more hours every day. That adds up to a third of your day when you count out sleeping. This is a long time to be miserable. If you're feeling stuck yourself, then here are 6 ways to pinpoint the ideal career for yourself:
Do some brainstorming – This is a well used strategy that works for lots of people. Grab a notebook and write down your main goals and objectives in the form of a question. Then list as many as 20 answers you can think of to the question. An example of such a question could be, "what should I do with my life and with my time?". The main key to this kind of exercise is obtaining the 20 answers. You should not quit until you actually have 20 full answers. If it takes more than one day to come up with them, so be it. Try to add more over the next few days, until you reach 20.
Call in a headhunter – If you really are looking for a career, then you probably already have a resume. There are times when you can find headhunters or recruiters who are having a slow time of it, and will be willing to sit down with you and go over some things you might be very good at. Beside, if you do not get paid either do they, and they usually have some great ideas.
Talk to co-workers and even your boss – These people, like your friends, have insight into your overall make-up that will surprise you. They see you in a different light than what you see yourself. They too are aware of strengths and weaknesses in your character and personality. Add the feedback from them to your friends' feedback, and look for common threads.
Ask three close friends – Many times our friends hold the answers we're looking for. They see things we can not see. Mention to them that you're facing a crossroad in your life, and in your career, and get some feedback from them. Ask them what they think you would be happy doing. It may surprise you at how easily and accurately they can zero in on your abilities and strengths, and they might just steer you to the perfect career.
Keep yourself a journal – By keeping a journal, you're always able to look back through it and find common things in your life that point to what direction you should take. It will reveal things you both like and dislike. If you hate supervision, you may want to explore being self-employed. If you can not stand nosey co-workers, an office of your own may be in line.
Take a test for career assessment – You can find several sites online where you can take a test for a small fee, but if you decide to use the headhunter tip above, most of them already have this kind of software and will not mind you taking it in their offices. I have taken this type of test twice, and they will usually take you maybe an hour or two. They are very thorough. They may ask for you to answer questions regarding things you're good at, or maybe about what you like to do, prefer to do, and will and will not do. If you take such a test, you're going to see some very exciting and new areas that you can explore for your life and career.
Finding out what you really and truly want to do in life can be one of the absolutely most important decisions you'll ever make. Again, we spend a third of our lives at work, so finding out the perfect career plays a huge role in our happiness and sense of fulfillment in life.