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Find your perfect job, by asking these simple questions.

Updated on November 16, 2012

Contemplating your career.

Our careers are one of the most important elements of our lives, the jobs we decide to undertake influence so much of our lifestyles. The work you do determines not only how much your income is but also who you spend a proportional amount of your with time each day. It affects how many hours it leaves you away from home and it influences your social life. The career you choose will either help you develop and grow as an individual or stifle your potential. Your state of employment contributes to how you feel about the world and the people in it. It also affects how you feel about yourself and how you view your place in the system. When you look back on your life your job will fill a substantial period of that time, what do you want to see when you look back?

Maybe your just starting out on the journey that is doing something for money, or perhaps your looking for a change in direction because you may just have had enough of the job you find yourself in now or maybe you feel like you just have yet to find your calling. Who ever you are and whatever bought you to this article I promise you these are the most important questions you will ever ask yourself about the future of your career.

Don't horse around with your career.
Don't horse around with your career.

Do you like the people you work with?

A large proportion of job satisfaction comes down to the relationships we have with our colleagues. If you find yourself dissatisfied with your current career, you may want to ask yourself if the problem is the job your doing or is it the people you work with? In some cases you may just want to change where you work not the job you do.

Would you do a job you hated if it was extreamly well paid?

This is an important question for you to ask yourself because it will reveal what your chief motivation for work is. If your immediate answer was yes then success in your career is in your view determined by how much money you make. A low paying job no matter how rewarding in other areas will not grant you job satisfaction. This is not necessarily a bad thing and it doesn't make you a bad person, it just reveals your primary motivation for work which is money. Thankfully you will also want to know that you can make a lot of money doing what you love, I will expand on that concept later in the article.

If you found yourself answering no to the above question your motivation for work is something more then financial reward, your choice of career will need to be something that fulfils you in more personal ways, but equally that does not have to mean you need to settle for poor wages to feel valued and you can bring in plenty of cash and work in an area you feel is enjoyable.

Could you do an unpopular job?

Some jobs are more popular then others for instance being a model or a footballer would appeal to most people, on the other hand being a funeral director or a traffic warden are careers that are less considered. If you don't mind doing something that many others would shy away from this kind of area of enquiry could definitely work for you. However if you couldn't imagine yourself in these work environments then you can easily cut out many potential careers that are not suited for you.

What would you love to do all day everyday, even if you didn't get paid to do it?

This question is the biggest indication of what you feel is your calling in life. When I asked myself this question and wrote a list the answers surprised me, my previous jobs have been working in the care, catering, manufacturing and service industry yet my list included writing, dance, art and running my own business from home. Since then I have been published online and in print, I qualified as an elite fitness trainer and teach dance and I run a few businesses from home and I am so much happier and fulfilled now. Once you decide where your passions lie you will easily discover your perfect job and get paid generously for it.

Are you a gambler or do you like to play it safe?

Some of us are quite comfortable with the concept of risk and if your one of those people happy to abandon job security in favour of high financial rewards, there are many paths that will favour your gambling nature. For the rest of the working population there are careers out there that will accommodate a steady and predictable work day too. Separating your preferences in this area will determine weather you require excitement or stability from your job.

When you look back on your life what would you liked to have achieved in your career?

I briefly touched on this at the beginning of the article, but it is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself. The answers you come up with will give you a clear indication of what action you need to take to live your perfect career. I want you to take a pen and paper and write 'By the end of my career I will have achieved.......'.

What did this reveal to you? Do you need to study, or start up your own business or gain promotion or change industry altogether. Whatever it is find a way to make it happen because you will be so grateful you did.


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      Marylouise 3 years ago

      So true. Honesty and everything rencogized.

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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you tamron, cosmetology school sounds really cool. :)

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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you Crystal Tatum, you are right we do spend a lot of our lives at work, so it is important to make sure we enjoy what we do, hence the reason I spend so much time here on HP :)

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      tamron 5 years ago

      This is great advice for someone who really don't know what they want to do for a living. It help narrow it down to better decide what to go for. I found out that I had a knack for fixing hair. Then someone said you should go to cosmetology school so I did and it was great but there was drawl backs in that career. Like paying your own health insurance,taxes and income was not predictable. Nice hub!

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Very thought-provoking hub. We spend the majority of our waking ours at work, so it is important to do something we like and find fulfillment. It's difficult, however, given that the harsh reality is that we must find a way to earn a living it's harder to do that by breaking free of the corporate culture. Possible, but harder. It's discouraging that passion has to often be compromised for practicality. But such is life.

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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      Hello :) thank-you my friend I hope your well.

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      mts1098 5 years ago

      This is very well done and you hit the most important aspects of workin with your passion as you do...voted up...cheers