I always admired people who already knew as a kid, what they want to do in life, what kind of subjects they want to study and the field of work they want to work in. I was never one of those people, every few years I’ve been wondering, what is my purpose? What do I want to do? Did I choose the wrong education?
Later on, I met people, who felt the same and discovered that it is totally normal. One of my older friends even told me once that people don’t ask him “How are you?” but “What are you doing now?”. We laughed and I felt understood. I believe that people who put a lot of energy and time into self-growth, experience this even more. They usually change quite a few careers in life and get better in feeling what is true for them and what is not.
As we grow up, we are usually influenced by a lot of aspects that sometimes blur our clear view on who we are and what we want. Maybe your parents have a business and it is expected you inherit their role in the company; maybe society tells you which career is respected, well-paid, acceptable; maybe you were a golden child and wanted to be best at everything and got confused what you like just because it’s fun for you; maybe what you really wished wasn’t affordable for you so you picked a different path.
I believe it is important to explore a bit, what are your true desires and what is the influence of the environment you lived or live in. Knowing yourself better each day is the best way to assure yourself that your meets around your career will be met. What I suggest you do, to define your work preferences, career, purpose in life, is this:
- read the book “What colour is your parachute”
- try to remember, what did you like to do as a kid, which careers were appealing to you and why
- what do you do in your free time, your hobbies
- what was enjoyable for you in all of your previous jobs
- what would you do for free, just because you enjoy it so much
- use this pdf, send it to your closest friends (not family), usually, we are the ones who see the least what is totally natural to do for us and we are excellent by doing it
- write a list of 10 people you admire and why
- write a list of your values
- take a career test – one of the best I found online is www.careerfitter.com you get a full report on your personality strengths, career suggestions, experiences of the experts on their field and many other features.
I took this test in different years and got different results, so be willing to change your career path if you discover something is a better fit for you. We usually don’t even know about all the professions that exist, explore, allow yourself and most importantly, find something that brings you joy. Your soul should happy dance each day.
I consider myself as a multi-purpose person now and can do a lot of things. Having many interests is something that I value and I love the joy of constantly learning new things. What I find important is to pick a maximum of 3 fields of work to be able to reach a certain level of credibility, otherwise, you know a bit about everything but don’t really master any of it. It’s even best if they have some common note.
I’ve started in the creative field of work (art, graphic design, architecture), but was always interested in psychology, self-growth and family patterns, I love to share my knowledge and educate, what I appreciate is also nature and sustainable living and I totally looooove writing. I can combine these interests efficiently. I use art as a therapeutic method, I take photos of beautiful natural landscapes, creativity is also finding new ways to live in a way that supports nature and doesn’t destroy it, and I write about these things on social media and blog like this 🙂
Hope you got some inspiration to explore yourself and your life. I believe winning in life means knowing yourself well.
Best to you!