“What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be …..” I wanted to be everyone and do everything. From airplane pilot, magician, celebrity, and artist. Some were more realistic than others, but most of all I outgrew most of the bizarre occupations. After many trials and errors I was able to find a career path I believe I can grow and enjoy. Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than that for some people but it is not impossible. Here are some tips you can try to apply in your life to find your dream job:
Think about what excites and energizes you
An obvious step maybe, but one of the biggest signs that a job is wrong for you is the fear of talking about that said job. This is why you should find something you are passionate about. While passion isn’t necessary for some jobs it is important for you to seek career that can give you a thrill. You also may want to ask yourself whether there is a job you would for free.
But also keep in mind what you’re good at
Maybe you don’t feel that passionate about any specific career—or you love multiple areas and can’t decide on just one. Then it’s time to think about your personality and focus on the skills you have. When in doubt, you can apply the “Don’t do what you love. Do what you are” advice.
Take a test
Still need help? What about taking a career assessment test? One of the most famous career test is perhaps the Myers-Briggs personality index (But there are many find the one you actually think the results suits you)
Try an internship
An internship could be a great way to test out an industry or type of career—and eventually get a full-time job (especially if you have no prior experience). Even if it doesn’t turn into a job or you find out it’s the wrong career for you, an internship can help build your network—from which you can get career and job advice. If you are an undergraduate or graduate in Mansoura City why not check our internship and career program?
Find a mentor
A mentor could help you take your career to the next level and give you the insider insight to help you make sure you’re on the right path. Once you’ve secured a mentor, take advantage of everything they’re willing to offer, including advice, connections and answering questions about the industry.
If there’s a career you’re interested in, you might also check to see if any companies or people in that line of work would let you shadow them for a few days to see what it’s really like.
Explore unconventional careers
We all know the popular careers available to us—doctor, lawyer, teacher, computer engineer, police officer, store owner, etc. If you feel uninspired by the typical choices, know that there are thousands of unusual jobs you might not have heard about.
Ask other people
Perhaps the best way to discover a new career is to ask other people about theirs—assuming you come into contact with people who don’t all work in the same field. Your LinkedIn network (or other social media sites, especially LinkedIn) might be a good place to start mining for information.
Use the G+P+V formula
The perfect career for you would most likely fit the G+P+V formula, which stands for Gifts + Passions + Values. Consider your strengths and passions, as we’ve noted above, and your values—what’s nonnegotiable about the way you work?
Make a career plan
As with most things, your career will benefit if you have goals and a plan accordingly. Maybe you think you want to be a writer, but the next step after that, is editing. (Do you really want to do that?) Or maybe you want to transition from being an editor to a restaurant owner. (How are you going to get there?) Map out where you want to go, with concrete milestones, as if it were a four-phase project.
See your career as a set of stepping stone, not a direct path.