When we were young, our parents and relatives used to ask us what we want to be when we grow up. Back then our dreams were very different from what they are today. When I was six I dreamed of becoming an astronaut, my sister wanted to become a nurse, and my friends doctors or teachers. This is probably because we were positively influenced by people with these types of jobs, or simply because the idea of walking on the moon was irresistible. But as we grew up, these careers seemed like something that would happen a lifetime away. Your interests and desires from back then have probably changed dramatically, because you have had the chance to discover who you really are, what you enjoy doing, and most importantly, what you are actually good at.
Finding the perfect career based on your personality may be the hardest thing you will have to do, because this decision will most likely affect the rest of your life. This is why it is imperative to find the answer. Don’t think (necessarily) consider the financial aspect, because money will not keep you warm at night, but try to figure out what you will be contempt, happy or satisfied doing, for the rest of your life, and why not, all of these things at once. Here are the most important steps that one should consider before choosing a path in life.
1. Understand Who You are and What You Like
Some people were born to be doctors, while others were born to become architects or physicians. While the architect could never understand how someone could ever have the courage and strength of heart to open up a chest, the doctor might never understand how it must feel to stand in front of something that you have built with your own hands. The universal truth is that only people who love their job can excel in them. And for love to exist, the job must be perfectly suited for their personality. Start by asking yourself the following questions:
– What brings you the most joy in the world?
– What are your interests?
– What type of person are you ? (Are you an analytical thinker, a dreamer, an artist or a mathematician?)
– What skills do you possess?
– Do you like to craft, create or invent things?
– Do you enjoy the company of others? Are you compassionate? Do you help people?
The list could go on forever! The answers to all of these questions will help you on your journey of self-discovery. If you are not sure what type of person you are, you can ask a friend or a relative. Or better yet, ask them to sit down with you for one, two or three hours, simply to talk about your dreams of the future, the things you love, and what you see yourself doing in the following years.
2. Take Career and Aptitude Tests
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we simply cannot determine what we want to do with the rest of our lives. This is where career and aptitude tests come in handy (because tests can help you determine the perfect career based on your personality). They are like the “What do you want to be when you grow up” games, with an extra twist: you are actually being tested by an expert, who will give you career possibilities based on your answers. Career assessment tests, tools, games, quizzes, psychology and personality questions and even color preferences could, in theory, determine what type of job is the perfect fit for you.
- A personality test can be a good indicator of which the perfect career based on your personality and skills is, or how your aptitudes can positively impact a certain calling. Nevertheless, these tests are only indicators of what you can do, and in no way do they limit your possibilities.
- One or two career tests, or career assessments will help you better evaluate goals and lifestyle in accordance to different jobs. With their help you can also find out information about them that you might not have known. You should also consider a more in-depth analysis provided by top-notch assessment tools from specialists like the Strong Interest Inventory or Keirsey Temperament Sorter.
3. Research the Career that You are Interested In
The biggest disappointment in one’s life would be to chose a career based on superficial beliefs. For example, you might choose architecture because the idea of drawing and designing buildings sounds poetic, but that’s not the career implies. As an architect, you must know maths, physics, you must have knowledge of the building materials etc. There are many things that you might not know about a career, so you should make sure that you properly research the subject beforehand.
Head to the library! Google is your friend! There is nothing that you can’t find online. If you are still unsure about the certainty of the information that can be found online, you could ask your professors or somebody who has already made a name for himself in the field The idea is to read as much as you can, and analyze your skills again. Ask for council from a friend or parent, and if you still think that you have chosen right, stick to your decision.