Sunday, 22 July 2018

ARE YOU ON THE RIGHT PATH?

For some people, knowing what direction to take is made obvious to them at a young age. For others, the tug of war between choosing a definite career path and accepting any job offer [to pay their bills] is a never ending battle! The struggle can be so real, but, it doesn't have to be. If you often say to your loved ones, "I don't know what I want to do; I can't decide", or you simply feel a tad lost when it comes to deciding what you want to do, the following might help.

SEPARATE YOUR LIKES and DISLIKES
This is the old school method of whittling down what your key interests are. Take pen to paper, draw a line down the centre [creating 2 columns] and title one section 'Likes' and the other 'Dislikes' then fill in accordingly. Think generally; in terms of life, not job wise.

CLARIFY WHAT MATTERS THE MOST
The 'Dislikes' section is what you will no longer accept - both personally and professionally going forward, so, take note! From your 'Likes' column, choose your 2 favourites and write a short paragraph about why you're most passionate about each one. Then, write a new list of jobs [you can create roles for yourself too], or careers that focus on, or incorporate, those particular interests. Once finished, pick the job which you feel is 'more you'.

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'SELL' YOUR SKILLS / EXPERTISE / STRENGTHS
What jobs can you do, or what opportunities are, or might be, available within your chosen field? Develop / create a portfolio of experience in line with what it is you have now decided you want to do. If this isn't possible, draft an introduction letter and invite the recipient to *meet with you at a place and time that is mutually convenient. Prepare thoroughly [know exactly what your objective is] and attend with enthusiasm and optimism. Send out as many invitations as possible. Somebody will agree to see you!

*Make sure you tell a loved where you will be, with whom and at what time, etc.

STICK WITH THE PURSUIT OF ONE PASSION TO BEGIN WITH
Sometimes it's better not to juggle too many goals and instead focus on one, thus allowing yourself the necessary time to see it through. Seek out the companies, businesses, etc., whose work appeals to you [based on how closely that relates to what it is you want to do] and find out the name of the person, or people, you can reach out to for an opportunity which, be aware, might initially be on a voluntary basis despite any experience.

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AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION
Once you're clear on what you want to do, think about starting your own business! I'm no expert in that area, but, DO YOUR RESEARCH. As per your key interests, could you run your own company? How can you do that? What will you need? Where should you start? What support is available to you? Can you apply for funding?

I say this to you a lot, but, I'm going to tell you again!! You've NOTHING TO LOSE and potentially EVERYTHING TO GAIN so, GO FOR IT! Take a risk... 

Ps. There's an extremely thin line between chasing money and pursuing your dreams. Your health should be as much of a priority as keeping a roof over your head - the stress of a job you don't particularly want to do could prove to be detrimental. Your time on this earth is not to be spent working just to pay bills, more so if the job you're doing is unfulfilling! The life you want is within reach, keep pushing.

Thanks for reading.
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