Living Your Life Purpose

Posted on April 16, 2012. Filed under: Career, Lifestyle | Tags: , , |

Deciding what you want to be when you grow up can be a confusing and overwhelming task; however, by following some helpful suggestions you become clearer about the direction you want to go.

Here are some of questions to start building a clear vision of a fulfilling professional life:

•    In what industry would you like to be working? Using what skills and strengths?

•    What is unique about you that no one else can offer quite the way you do? How could you use that?

•    What values are important to you in the workplace?

•    What are you passionate about? What kind of work would allow you use those passions?

•    Do you want to work for yourself or for someone else?

•    What transferable skills do you possess?

•    What salary level would support the lifestyle you desire?

•    What are the most important elements of your lifestyle?

•    What location do you prefer?

•    What will you need to do to pursue this career or gain experience in that industry?

Secondly, look into taking an “interest inventory” to help you select a career. These objective tests help give you an idea of what you are good at and what you enjoy.

A vocational counselor may offer one or several of the following popular interest inventories:

The Holland Self-Directed Search

The Strong Interest Inventory

The Jackson Vocational Interest Survey

The Motivated Skills Test

Career Zone Interests

You can also explore your career options by interviewing professionals in the field in which you are interested.  Contacting your Alumni association, professional organizations or your local Chamber of Commerce are a good place to begin.

Another important avenue is researching the job market and reviewing the Occupational Outlook Handbook for a list of various potential industries.  Since choosing a first career or changing careers can be intimidating, doing some research you can eliminate some of the uncertainty.

Please forward this post to friends and family who are exploring different career paths or would like to change fields.  For more information on getting one-on-one assistance on career counseling contact True Potential Counseling.

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