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Finding your dream job isn’t easy. Even once you find it, you will still be presented with challenges and sacrifices. However, you shouldn’t waste your life doing something you don’t care for just so that you can receive a paycheck. If you’re currently studying and trying to decide on your career path, or are currently in the workforce and looking for a change, we have some tips to help you find the right path.
Determine What Your Greatest Skills Are
When choosing a career, you should be looking to build on your strengths rather than develop your weaknesses. If you’re simply not good at something, then you should just accept that some people are more suitable for certain professions than others. Everyone has weaknesses, and you can’t turn them all into strengths.
Imagine that you’re good at maths but poor at history. You’re better off developing your maths ability as far as possible so that you can land a lucrative engineering position (or another maths-based career). There is little point pursuing a career as a historian if you’re no good at it.
Determine How Important A Steady Paycheck Is
Some people work jobs they hate for a steady paycheck. Others, such as artists, do what they love but struggle to get by financially. For example, a painter may sell a painting and live well for one month and then struggle the rest of the year.
What it really comes down to is your personality. Some people can handle not knowing where their next paycheck is coming from (commonly known as the starving artist lifestyle) while others need a firmer sense of financial security. For most people, it’s best to seek careers somewhere in the middle. You should generally enjoy the work you do (even if it’s not your greatest passion) while also receiving a regular salary.
You should also ask yourself how much money you want to make. For example, an acupressure therapist salary is typically much more than that of a freelance graphic designer.
Ask Yourself If You’re An Introvert Or Extrovert
There are pros and cons to each personality type. Extroverts are typically good at face-to-face and over-the-phone sales. If you’re buying a new car, then it’s a good bet that the salesman is an extrovert. On the other hand, extroverts are often not as effective at working alone. It’s typically introverts that are better at tasks which involve less human interaction, such as writing computer code. Chances are you fall somewhere in the middle, but you should still determine which side you swing towards as this will help you with choosing a profession.
Picking the perfect career path isn’t easy, and it will probably involve a lot of trial and error. Perhaps what’s most important is to be honest with yourself. Nobody is suitable for every profession. It really comes down to your skills and your personality, so try and pick a career that is compatible with you.