Could there be such a thing as love at first sight when it comes to finding a job? Every so often, that first “real” job of yours has nothing to do with passion. It helps pay the bills, fund your travels, etc. By and large, people who say that they’ve finally found a job that they are really passionate about go through a couple of odd jobs here and there before arriving at a certain point where they can finally claim that they’re living the dream. Yet, there are a few exceptions — individuals who have already figured out what they really want and won’t accept anything that’s less than what they have already envisioned.
If you’re still on a journey to finding that one true love in your career, the following questions may just help you figure out what is that you truly want and won’t mind doing for the rest of your life.
What are your core principles and values?
Do you value honesty in your work? Are you more inclined to leading people? Or are you more of a follower? How important are close family ties to you? By figuring out your core values, the direction to which your career should be heading may be clear as crystal!
What impact do you want to leave to your community?
What is your sense of purpose? Almost everyone want to change the world but try looking at things at a microscopic level. Think about the contributions, even the subtle ones, that you want to impart to your family, friends, and your community.
How do you build and maintain relationships?
People operate on various levels. Some individuals work best when there’s less supervision while others need the energy of teamwork to be able to contribute. Do you want close monitoring from a co-worker? Or do you like autonomy in your work? Look back to your school participation, volunteering experience, and previous roles in your job.
It may take some time for you to finally figure out that job that you truly love. Whatever it is, we wish you all the best!