Career Paths

6 Steps to Finding the Perfect Career

The goal is not to get a job. It’s to find the Perfect Career.

The world’s millions of people are unhappy at their jobs. Why? For what? They do have small possibilities. They fear to change. They have selected careers that are not a good fit for their talents, or careers they are not passionate about. But you should stop these traps, and take responsibility for your working life. Here are 6 steps to find the perfect work.

Create options

You have to know what you want, and what you don’t want if you want the ideal life. That calls for options. Fortunately, there are many ways to create options: gain expertise through online classes or seminars, expand your connections through joining networking groups, update your curriculum vitae and post it to several job boards, hire a career trainer. Any or all of these will increase your exposure and experience, and the number of future opportunities for your dream career will increase.

Don’t be afraid to change

Most people begin with an idea of what their dream career would be and most people end up in a profession that is different from the one they first considered. That’s perfect. Majors at the college aren’t life sentences. If the first time around you didn’t find the perfect career, you can still make it. Find various ways to use your Major. Because of its emphasis on planning, an education major might be useful; an accounting major might save you the cost of hiring someone else to balance the books for your business venture. It all comes down to reframing.

Know what you’re made of

Seeking your dream profession is not possible without knowing yourself. Take in assessments. Know the limitations and strengths. Find out what your interests are. Understand the motives for doing so. Your ideal career isn’t the same as someone else’s ideal career, and the easier it is to decide the best match the more you think about what you’re made of.

Define your non-negotiable

Does a perfect career require a balance between work / life? Will a certain amount of income need that? Was there a high degree of flexibility in it? Like to handle someone else? Make your dream career a wish list and determine what is completely important as opposed to what would be good to have. Refuse to compromise on fundamentals. Not only is your dream career good enough; this is great.

Interview jobs; don’t let jobs interview you

When you know what you’re made of, and have defined your non-negotiables, use them to decide if a role is right for you or not. Interview prospective employers and screen potential employment opportunities. Is that job going to fuel your fire in 6 months? Six years? 60 YOU? How does it allow you to make a meaningful contribution? Do any of the roles match well with your strengths? Do you need help in areas of weakness? If not, look elsewhere maybe better. Have the courage to say, “My dream job is out there, and that’s not it.” Employers are looking for people who know themselves well and trustingly handle themselves. If the match is not optimal for one position, they could be approaching you with another that would be better for you.

Be patient

Sometimes the perfect career is developed, not found.  Most people don’t start their careers with a very high income or an opportunity to manage others.  Often, specific experiences are necessary prerequisites for the perfect career.  If you have a job that affords you these experiences, it might be worth remaining patient in order to have more options later.  Also, never take a job just to have one.  It’s true that sometimes beggars can’t be choosers, but this is about finding the perfect career, not just finding a job.

The perfect career is out there.  Have the courage and patience to find it.

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