I struggled with my own career uncertainty for years until I landed in a field I love. It uses a lot of my natural skills, interests, and speaks to who I am as a person. One of the best things I discovered along the way, is that you can define/write your own career… old rules no longer apply. The career that’s right for you may not even exist yet, but you always know what feels right and what’s a struggle. You usually can tell if you’re trying to please your parents or have a real interest in something.
Quizzes like the one these Buzzfeed employees took may help, but these are what I found to be the most helpful guidelines to finding something you’re going to love and do well in.
- It should use a lot of YOU and get you excited on multiple levels
- Not everyone can do it like you, and somehow a lot of the skills required for that career, comes easy to you
- It aligns with your integrity, values and temperament
- If the money is good, that’s great, but it shouldn’t be your first reason for choosing that career
- If it helps other people – or could potentially help a whole lot of people – then you’re sitting on a potential goldmine