3 Tips for Figuring out Your Ideal Job

Getting your bearings in life and deciding what you want to do with your life isn’t always easy. For one thing, you may be put under pressure by your family, or broader society, to go down a particular career path that simply isn’t in line with your dreams or even your values.

Or the pressures acting against you could be in terms of discouraging you from taking a financial risk, and retraining for a new job you’d likely have a dramatically better time with than your previous one.

Whatever the case, it is worth strongly considering what your ideal job might look like — or at least, what the next step towards a better job might look like — and then reflecting on that seriously.

Here are a few tips for working out where you should go next in your career — for yourself.

Do some research about which jobs offer the kind of perks you want

Different jobs, by their very nature, have different pros and cons, different perks, and different working environments. Often these job features may seem fantastic to one person but terrible to another. Working remotely, from home, as a web developer could be a dream for someone who yearns for freedom from conventional office culture — but it could be a catastrophe for someone who thrives in the social environment of an office.

By the same token, someone who dreams of being a trucker and loves the idea of being on the open road all day, but who also wants to work with his friends, would do well to research which trucking companies hire teams.

When thinking about what career path to head down, spend a while reflecting on what job perks and working conditions you’re really after.

Think about where your interests and skills meet

For a job to work out as a “dream job” — or at least, as something close — it’s important to both be interested in the work that you’re doing, and also to be good at doing it (or at least, to be able to become good at doing pretty quickly).

For this reason, one of the best exercises you can do identify viable career paths, is to write out two parallel lists — one with all of the skillsets you have, even if they’re relatively minor — and the other, with your general interests in life.

Wherever you find a point where a skill overlaps with an interest, you have a viable potential career path.

Think about which jobs will lead to bigger and better things

Sometimes, your ultimate career ambition in life is going to be something that will take a long while to achieve — such as a dominant position at the head of a major corporation, for example.

For this reason — and just to ensure that you enjoy constant growth throughout life — you should pursue work which has a good chance of leading to bigger and better things.

When considering a career path, ask yourself; “does this leave me room to progress throughout my life, or will I hit the ceiling pretty early?” Ideally, you want every job to potentially lead to something better.

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