If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been if I had a chance to re-do something from my past. What about you?

Posted: 9:54PM on Jul 3, 2019 | By Pynora


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How to Choose the Right Career: Find Your Dream Job

Posted: 10:28PM on Sep 8, 2019 | By Pynora

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Of the many big decisions of our existence—those difficult choices like buying a house, who to date, and choosing a degree—picking your career is one of the most consequential factors that will frame your entire life.

But picking what you want to do for a significant portion of your life is a dizzying notion. If you’re a young adult undecided about your career path, or if you’re a tried-and-true grown-up yearning for something different, don’t fret—you’re sailing on the same dithering ship as most career-seekers.

Some people really like paperwork. Others feel like desks are a jail cell and are meant for an outdoor career. Some have the character traits of a Fortune 500 CEO but detest the notion, and instead wish to opt for a simpler life. Most people just really don’t know what they’re meant for—until they do a bit of soul-searching.

Eager to find out how to go about choosing your perfect career? Follow along for steps that’ll get your ready-to-work feet marching in the right direction.

Take a Hard Look at Your Skills

Are you a people person? A natural leader? Are you a computer genius or an art whiz? Maybe an expert storyteller? Whatever your skills may be, make a list of what you excel at. And don’t skip over what you think are the little things, like typing fast, being extra-responsive to emails, or the things that you don’t think are particularly marketable in the workforce, like athletic traits. If you dig deeper, you may find your specific superior athletic qualities are quick reaction times and expeditious decisive abilities. These attributes could be an excellent foundation for future executives that need to make lightning-fast decisions.

All of your skill ingredients add up to a number of perfect careers that you’ll fit into effortlessly. And many skills will apply to many different occupations—now you just have to figure out what you like to do.

What Do You Value?

This is a tough question that requires a step inside to gauge what you genuinely want for your future self. Here, there are a few things to take into account.

Time: How much do you value your free time? Would you welcome a traditional 9-5 workday, or are you a free-spirited soul that would only be happy in a work-when-you-want lifestyle?

Money: One of the more critical aspects of a career is the potential pay scale. Even though money isn’t everything, it’s essential to envision your future and how much you’ll need to make to cover the cost of your expected desires. If expensive shoes or fancy cars are in your cards, you’ll want to choose a career that’ll provide you with a substantial income.

Location: Where do you want to work? Is a specific location important to you, or are you indifferent to where you’ll be living? Are you happiest in the bustle of a big city, or does a quiet mountain town suit your fancy? And if you’re rooted to where you currently live, understand that you’re limited to careers in a tighter range.

Passion: What are you most interested in? If you work hard at your passion hobbies—like art or cooking—could you form them into successful careers that’ll pay the bills? According to research, intrinsically motivating work—or work people are passionate about—makes people much happier than cashing big checks.

Personality: Do you like working with people, alone, or a mix of both? Are you the office type, or do you prefer a desk out of your home? Do you have an easy time directing people, or would you rather be told what to do?

If you’re still having trouble assessing yourself and your inner workings, try a career aptitude/career assessment test to provide you with more clarity.

Make a List of Careers

Now, it’s time to pen a draft of potential careers based on your list of skills and values. Make sure to pick far and wide and make your career list as diverse and complex as possible. Even if careers on your list are vastly different, it’s no matter. Write down anything and everything that piques your interest.

When making your list, it’s essential to research what kind of education is generally needed for each career type. Some will be flexible with a low barrier to entry, but other careers strictly require a master’s degree or even a graduate degree. Next to each choice, write down the number of years of education as well as how much money it’ll take to complete required coursework.

Talk to People in the Field

The internet is a wealth of knowledge. But it can also be a wealth of misleading facts, depending on your source. The best way to get factual, unadulterated career insight is to go straight to the horse’s mouth. Talk to at least three people in career fields you’re interested in to get a good sense of your potential future job. If you don’t know anyone in career fields of your interest, research employees via the internet or LinkedIn and reach out by message, email, or phone. Many people are more than willing to share career tips and insight and will be happy to help you amid your quest for your perfect career.

Choosing a Career is Not a Life Sentence

The truth is, 75 percent of those that go to college either enter as undecided or change their degree, and only 27 percent of those that graduate with a degree end up landing a career closely related to their studies. And according to a study, those between the ages of 18 and 48 held nearly 12 different jobs—and the propensity to career hop is only growing as more millennials flood the job market.

So, if you’ve got the jitters about select a career or feel like choosing a career will lock you in for life, rest easy. But if you start the journey early and work towards figuring out what career suits you, odds are that you’ll find and keep a job that fulfills you.

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