Trust not what inspires other members of society to choose a career. Trust what inspires you.
– The Lazy Person’s Guide to Success
People tend to say for years, that they are willing to change career. Some want to quit, others to start their own businesses or to be promoted, get a raise, move to another country, tell their boss ‘to go to h*ll’, and more.
But what if you are ready for a career change, but have no idea what else you could do – or where to start? Here are few questions to ask yourself in order not to be followed by the conventional career rules, you’re going to radically increase the chances of finding something you love.
1. What does your career do for you?
What is the main reason why you are still doing this job? Some people work because they want to get a paycheck, the others strive for prestige. You need to find the answer first of all, why do you want to get up early morning, just for the money or is there something else?
2. Why do you want to make a change?
Here the reasons may diverse: people get sick of their bosses or colleagues and office space. Some get tired of constant challenges they have to fight every day. So the question is, do you need a new job or a new career?
3. What matters to you?
Another trick is not to fall for six of one and half a dozen of the other. If you made up your mind to make changes, make them for the better ones.
4. What makes you happy?
It is all about you, not your family or partner. You should define what makes you happy at work in the first place. What motivates you there and makes you happy? You can find ways to have career happiness, even if it’s not exactly what you thought it would look like at first.
5. What makes you human?
When you change career it means you will have to compete with people who have been in the field for a while, so you should have something to stand out. Luckily, as it turned out softer people skills are going to be essential while the technical skills of (almost) any career will be considered teachable.
6. What makes you stand out from the crowd at work?
You should definitely be aware of your strong sides and use them. If you don’t know what exactly you can nail down the best at work, your potential employee won’t know either what makes you better than the other guy.
7. What essential things do you do?
It is actually a question from Seth Godin. The question is basically is :”What do people miss if you don’t show up? Why can’t someone else just pick up the slack? Whatever your reason, THAT’s what makes you important my friend”.
8. What do you do than a robot can’t do?
With a huge number of programs and automation, which are slowly replacing people, you should definitely be focusing on things that you Can do, and robot Can’t.
9. What do you learn from your work and what would you like to learn?
Constant studying at the working place is what should keep you interested and motivated in work. Otherwise you will be disengaged worker. So what exactly fascinates you at your job? What excites you?
10. What do you give back at work?
Mission driven careers are not just about feelings. Did you know that conscious companies often outperform traditional companies? In fact, Firms of Endearment companies run in a specific, socially conscious way, have have out performed the S&P 500 by 14 times in a 15 year period. It matters to the success of the company that the mission matters to you. Find one you care about.
Just keep in mind that your resume gets valued not by the amount of working places you have been to, but by demonstration of how do you get things done in the first place. And what makes you better than the rest. Ask yourself why should the company hire you? If you can answer the mentioned above questions, you are ready to make a career change in the nearest future.
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