Three Question To Consider Before Choosing Your Career: #1

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Choosing a career or a vocation is one of those things that many of us will have to go through at least once in our life time. For some, they’ll have to make this career choice more than once. Whether you are someone trying to find a job for the first time that will be both satisfying and gratifying or someone already has a job but considering a different career path for a change, you need to think about these three questions before making a decision.

For the next three days, I’ll present the three questions. Here’s the first question.

Question 1: What do you enjoy doing?

Arguably, joy is one of the most important factors in choosing a career. What brings you joy? What puts a smile on your face? What makes your heart sing?

For better or worse, we will probably spend most of our waking hours in the work we do at our job. I can’t imagine spending that much time on doing something I dread. Why can’t a job be enjoyable? I think it can!

Of course, it’s rare to find the job of which you enjoy every part. But, there has got to be something about the job that you enjoy doing! I once worked as a teacher. It was a fairly satisfying job for me at the time. I enjoyed reading and writing and spending time with the students and so on. But I didn’t enjoy some of the administrative work of being a teacher. Teaching wasn’t the perfect job but there were definitely great moments that I truly enjoyed about the job.

Here’s what you should do next.

Get a piece of paper and a pen and a timer. For the next 30 minutes, write down things you enjoy doing. Keep writing until the alarm goes off. Go for quantity. Have as many things as possible on the list of things you enjoy doing.

After you complete the exercise, put the items on the list in meaningful chunks. For example, you might cluster together things like drawing, cooking, and woodwork and name that category as “creative” or “using hands.” It’s up to you how you might categorize your chunks. The key is to turn your specific items into more generalized items and put them into different groups.

Once your list contains several distinct groups of items, you can use the list to evaluate a job you are considering to see if the job involves the activities you enjoy.

You might think that finding enjoyment in your career might not be the most important thing you have to consider before choosing a career. But, joy is the emotion that motivates you. It can also give you a sense of purpose. And most importantly joy is one of the basic key components that reveals who you are. So finding a job that brings you joy is one career-related question you should never forget to ask.

Tomorrow, I’ll give you the second question to consider.

Be empowered to empower others.