What do you want to do as a career? It may surprise you to know that some people who have been working for decades cannot answer this question. But sometimes we’ve known all along what we want, it’s just that ambitions we had from an early age have become clouded over and forgotten.
If you are in this category, then you are not completely satisfied with your current job but you don’t know what would be better. You don’t know if you need a complete change or just a few small corrections. Even if you can envision a better job, you don’t know how to get there or you don’t believe you can. Because of your uncertainty, you are not fully committed to making an investment in a new career. You are hesitant to start when you can’t fully imagine the results. This uncertainty can happen at any point in your working life.
Here are four keys I recommend :
1) Keep noticing and admitting your discomfort. This will motivate you to continue searching until you feel you are on the right track. Don’t give up. Don’t settle for less than a fulfilling career.
2) Realize that if you keep working towards a more fulfilling career, you will inevitably succeed. With sufficient persistence, you cannot fail.
3) Learn as much as you can about yourself, especially about your strengths, what you like and what you don’t like. This is the only way to figure out the puzzle of what work is right for you.
4) Make sure you have at least one strong supporter who will understand your desire for more fulfillment and believes in you. Most people get stuck because of self-doubts, criticisms or fears coming from their own thinking and from those around them.
Do a Personal SWOT Analysis to show you how you can apply the well-known SWOT strategy tool to your life and career, helping you identify your strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities open to you and the threats you face. This leads naturally into the idea of job crafting. This is something that many of us do subconsciously to some extent, but SWOT gives you a rigorous approach that you can use to craft your ideal job.