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The Job For Me

Updated on May 24, 2012
What is the job for me?
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Where do I start?

Whether you are a recent college grad or laid-off in a late stage of life, there comes a point in many peoples' lives when they ask, what is the job for me? Where do I even start? The answer is simple. You start by asking your heart what you want to do. Note the word "start." Begin your introspection by asking yourself, what would I do if money were not an issue? This will allow you to decide what will make you happiest, details aside.

Be rational

So, can you take the job that your heart is telling you to?

Is the job

  • available in your area? (or an area you'd be willing to move?)
  • going to fulfill your desired income? (see this site for an income calculator... very useful!)
  • going to be one that you could get? (do you have the right credentials?)

If the answer to these three questions happens to be yes, pursue your dream!

If not (more likely,) take a second to ask how you could combine parts of your "dream job" with a more rational opportunity. For example, you want to be an artist. You wouldn't make enough money. What about being an art teacher? Or, you wish you would've pursued med school, but you don't have the right credentials. Could you go into pharmaceuticals or pharmaceutical sales? It was important to start by asking your heart, but the second place you must look is your brain.

What happens is supposed to happen

Then, pick your course and go for it. If you aren't getting hired, perhaps your interviews are revealing you to be not completely dedicated to that field. In that case, reevaluate your heart and head. If you get the job and realize you're not wanting to put in all the hard work in may entail, reevaluate. If you start the career path and love it, congratulations. There are a million other possibilities that could happen, don't be surprised.

One thing is for sure, life is an adventure, and you can't reflect on the question "what is the job for me?" forever. As Jim Rohn once said,

"It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions."



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