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16 Dec

Nastaran Heydari

Associate Consultant

Searching for a career that matches one's objectives, values and purpose can be very challenging. A lot of people who are not happy with their jobs but still stick to it is because they are worried about the change and sacrifices they have to make.

Some may be in their comfort zone for too long. Even they are not happy of what they are doing, they just endure because of the monthly pay cheque they are getting. They rather complain and being miserable in their lives. To many people, change can be uncomfortable and they are not going to take the risk.

Finding that dream job no doubt can be challenging, particularly if there is any uncertainty as to what you really want in your career life. In many ways, the most commonly overlooked variable in the career formula is you, and yet you are the most important of all of the factors.

Each individual is given a set of values, characteristics, preferences and talents that is unique in them. Identifying these elements within you is a challenge and, quite frankly, cannot be done with a 50 question, or even a 500 questions quiz.

Without determining what you really want in a career is like being lost in the forest; you know you want to get out, but have no idea whether you’re heading in the right direction or walking around in circles.

Below are a few important questions that you need to ask yourself.

  • What do you really want to do?
  • What is necessary for you to do?
  • What motivates you when you are weary and tired?
  • What fears or anxieties might be blocking your avenue to success?
  • What is the one action you can take today to overcome your fears or anxieties?

A career change is usually one of the most challenging and easier said than done’ phases in their lives. I have observed this for years, having interacted with and helped a lot of professionals, managers, executives and others to take action and make it happened.

Throughout this time, we have learned: you need a plan to better guide you in your career change. Most importantly, you need to reflect deeply about your experience, skills and goals in life in order to identify the direction you want to take.

Once you know what is important to you, you can go ahead and pursue this personal discovery to find the job you love and enjoy.

With this knowledge clearly identified, you will be able to determine a specific focused direction. You will identify organizations you would most prefer to be associated with. More importantly, you will be able to ascertain whether these organizations match your aspirations, values and purposes and are in accordance with your goals and objectives in your life.


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This post originally appeared on Linkedin. Written by Chan Ngee Key.

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