Four Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Choosing A Career
If you're at a point in your life where you are asking yourself, "what do I want to do with my life?" then this is for you.
First, I want to go over the difference between a career and a job. These two words are often confused. A career is a long time occupation that allows growth and progression towards lifetime goals that usually aligns with your purpose in life. A job is a place of employment or activity in which is usually short time, does not have room for growth, and does not align with life purposes. Choosing a job is typically easier than choosing a career path because the main focus is the money rather than the desire. There is a lot more to consider and sometimes a lot more to risk when choosing a career path.
Here are four major questions you should consider before deciding on a career:
Does it align with my purpose in life?
We all have a purpose in life. Your purpose is whatever you are passionate about and you just know in your heart that is what you are supposed to be doing. When seeking a career, you want to make sure it matches with your purpose, values, and goals in life. Do not let anything stop you from fulfilling your purpose.
Will it keep my heart smiling?
A career is long term. As shocking as this may sound, having a large salary will only keep you happy temporarily. Choosing a career should not be solely based upon how much money it makes. Make sure your career field will keep you happy now and twenty years from now. You want to love what you do. Having to dread work is heart breaking. Find a career that will keep you on your toes and that will keep your heart smiling.
How is the work/life balance?
This is major. Although you may fall in love with your career, it cannot cause you to neglect your life outside of work. Work hard but leave room to play harder. There must be a balance to remain healthy and whole. Make sure your career leaves time for family, friends, and mental breaks.
Am I going to be financially stable?
Money is not everything but you need money to survive. Your pay should be able to reflect your hard work. When considering your pathway, you want to be sure that the salary will match your expenses. Financial hardships are not fun and especially not if you’re busting your butt at work every day. Make sure your work is rewarded. There is always room for negotiations.
If you can’t find a career that fits you then please do not get discouraged. Just create one. The possibilities are endless and you have the power to live the life that you want. Jump out there and be your own boss if that is what you want to do. What is stopping you?