Knowing that you want to do something in “sales” for example is a good starting point, but the devil is often in the detail. Is the right position for you as a retail salesperson, a telemarketer, or even a sales consultant? And in what industry? With so many finer options to choose from, it can sometimes become frustrating. Taking a career quiz can give you deeper insight into what specifics or specializations will sit well with you as an individual.
Do some soul searching
Asking yourself what will you be when you grow up is a very personal question to answer. Huffington Post suggests that you make a list of all the things you like about your job. This can be done before making your decision by listing your expectations into what you would enjoy. When you cross-examine your findings with the results of the quiz, you may be surprised by the similarities.
Make your own career choices
When you were younger, you may have been told to get a certain job by your parents, or you may have been told that becoming a doctor/lawyer/teacher is important to your family name and legacy. But just because your father, and your father’s father, and your father’s father’s father did a specific job for a living, it doesn’t mean that the same job is your predetermined fate. Don’t allow external pressure make your decisions for you. Instead, decide to forge your own path and discover the world for yourself.
NOTE: Contains a different career test. This article discusses how you can benefit from taking this specific career quiz. Career Finder Quiz
Don’t end up in a boring, dead-end job
If you are under stimulated and feel that there is nothing more to achieve, no higher for you to climb, both your personal life and your work life will suffer because of it. Having good future prospects and something to strive towards, however, will ensure your own ongoing happiness. Feelings of self-realization and personal value are what will drive you to achieve your goals, giving you even more confidence and joy, and push you ever upward and onward. If from the get-go you feel that there is a limit to what you can achieve and what benefits you will have, this upward spiraling scenario is unlikely to occur. The best is to find a job which from the very start that inspires you.
Find something you love
Once you’ve got answers to some of the smaller questions about yourself in your quest to answer the bigger question of “what will you be when you grow up?”, you will find that these answers relate to things that you love. Why is it important to find a job you love? According to worklifebalance.com, loving your job “is very valuable to your life in many ways, including greatly increasing your probability of financial success.” As mentioned before, drive and achievement are definitively linked to happiness. This being said, if you hate mathematics and find a job as an actuary, no amount of achievement or money will make you truly love your job. If you dislike answering to some faceless corporation with questionable morals, working as your own boss for a company you started, and promoting your own sense of business ethics will mean much more to you. Anything you love can be made into a career if you are daring and creative enough, from baking cakes to building bridges (in both the literal and figurative sense).
Be aware of your options
Yes, you can be anything you want to be when you grow up. Having some insight into what is required and what the current trends and changes in job demand are can be helpful, though. Not many marine biologists are working in Iran or game rangers in Britain these days, are there? Luckily, there is always the option of adapting to your specific geographic environment, or simply getting up and moving. Rely on your own strengths, experiences and knowledge to land your dream job once you’ve decided what that dream job is. You should never feel limited by anything once you come to a realization of what you want to do with your life.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Uncertainty is not a catastrophe. It can be easy and fun to find out in what ways the world lies open to you and what job or career path is best suited to your individual personality.
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