How do you find the right career path?

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It’s funny how many people grow up with the question “what are you going to do when you’re older?” hanging over their head and yet still don’t really have an idea of what they want out of a career. This is something that the vast majority of people end up running into at one point or another.

Maybe your career is stagnating, maybe you’ve had to change paths because of unforeseen circumstances. Whatever the reason, finding yourself in need of a new career path can be scary. However, there are a few simple questions that you can ask yourself that will make the entire process a whole lot less daunting and difficult.

What engages you?

We’ve all had jobs that have left us utterly bored. It’s amazing just how much worse any job can become when it’s boring. Even the most stressful job in the world can be more bearable than one that doesn’t engage you in the slightest. If you want to find the perfect career path for you then the best thing to do is to think carefully about what it is that does engage you. What could you see yourself doing every day without losing interest in it? That question isn’t going to be easy to answer but if you’re not starting from a place of engagement with what you’re doing, you’re never going to find a job that makes you happy.

Where is the demand?

As wonderful as it would be just to figure out what you really love to do and then just go and do that, that’s not really how the world works. The truth is that if you want to find a career, you have to consider if there’s a demand for it. The master’s degrees at places like Suffolk are often incredibly popular simply because of how high the demand for accountants is in the modern business world. When you figure out what you want to do, the next thing is to figure out if there are people who are willing to pay you for it.

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What kind of life balance do you want?

One of the factors that too many people ignore when it comes to their potential career is the time they will spend away from work. After all, even the best job in the world can become unpleasant if you never have any independence or time away from it. The kind of work/life balance you want will depend on your circumstances but that’s something you need to be aware of from the very start.

One thing to remember is that, even with this advice, the process of finding your ideal career is not going to be easy. In fact, it’s almost certainly going to involve a whole lot of hard work and commitment if you want to find a career that really matters to you. Rejection and failure are a part of life and the real difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is often a matter of how many times you can get knocked down while still being willing to get back up.

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