5 Questions to Help You Find a Career That You’ll Love
You’re going to spend about one third of your adult life at work.
You’ll spend more time with your co-workers than your family, and you’ll spend more time working than sleeping.
That’s a lot of time to invest, so why waste it doing something you hate? Or worse, going through the motions doing something you simply tolerate for a paycheck?
How to Discover Your Dream Job
Here’s an exercise that will help you start thinking about the type of job—and more importantly, the life that you want.
Grab something to write on and ask yourself the following questions:
1) What are your natural talents?
Think hard about this one. There are things that come easily to you that other people struggle with. It might be working with your hands, being skilled with computers or something as simple as sticking to a budget.
2) What do your friends and family think you’re good at?
Maybe you have supportive friends and family members who have told you what you do well, or maybe they don’t talk about that sort of thing. But these are the people who know you best, and they’ll give you great insight as to what they think you’re good at.
What have your teachers, coaches, counselors, or even your neighbors or the people at your church say? What do they compliment you about? You just might be able to transfer those skills into a new career path.
3) If you had all the money you’d ever need, what would you spend your time doing?
Read this one carefully. It’s not what would you spend your money doing. Think about the things you’d be excited to do if you had all the time in the world to do them.
4) Do you know people who love their career?
In many cases, this person may not be the wealthiest or the most educated. They might do simple work that’s immensely satisfying. Ask them some of the following questions:
- What do you love about your career?
- Was this career your first choice?
- How do you measure success when it comes to your career (money, free time, satisfaction)?
- Would you do this career on your own, even if you had to retire?
- When did you know that this career was right for you?
- Did people tell you that you’d be good at this?
- Did you have to go to school for this career?
5) What are you willing to give up to improve your career outlook?
Ever see successful people and figure that they just had good luck and you don’t? The good news is that there are some things you can control that can help you find more satisfaction in your job or your career. It may take some time and personal sacrifice, but if it was easy, everybody would do it.
Here are some of the areas you have control over:
- Down time: Are you practicing your craft, researching, and networking, or do you spend most of your time watching Netflix, playing video games, and hanging out?
- Education: Though getting an education doesn’t promise success in your current career or a new career, it can help set you on the right path.
- Attitude: Are you an optimist, or a pessimist? Spending large amounts of time lamenting your past mistakes or hating on your current job or boss won’t solve the problem. But having a positive attitude about the future can put you in the right mindset to change your future.
Is Education the Right Path for You?
Universal Technical Institute has helped thousands of people prepare for careers in the automotive, diesel, motorcycle, marine, CNC machining, welding, and collision repair industries.
Our instructors are passionate not only about the trades, but also about teaching the next generation of skilled workers. They want to help students realize their potential, both in the classroom and in their careers.
Finding a career that you love isn’t easy, but it’s possible. And if you think a career in the trades is right for you, we can help.