How to Find a Fulfilling Career Path
Finding a fulfilling career can seem like a dream, especially if you’re currently miserable at your job. You might have zero clue about what you’d like to do. And that’s understandable. “We’re not taught how to make this kind of decision,” according to Laura Simms, a career coach for creatives. For most people, she said, the traditional route of picking a major in college and then matching a job to that major isn’t effective.
Also, career aptitude tests aren’t necessarily helpful in identifying the best career for you. “Much like an IQ test is an incomplete measure of your intelligence, career tests can only quantify so much,” Simms said.
Finding a Feasible and Fulfilling Career
So what does work? Below Simms and other coaches share valuable advice for finding a fulfilling — and feasible — career.
Consider what other people thank you for.
The goal of this activity is to find common threads, according to Michelle Ward, aka The When I Grow Up Coach, who’s helped almost 200 creative people devise the career they think they can’t have — or discover it to begin with.
Spend two minutes writing down what others thank you for. Spend another two minutes writing down what anyone can do. “No censoring allowed — don’t exclude the silly, the ‘stupid,’ the things that aren’t career-related — and don’t let your pen leave the paper or fingers leave the keys,” Ward said.
Also, “Rifle through those old report cards/job reviews/thank you notes and emails you accumulated over the years to find those key descriptions that keep popping up.” Next, brainstorm ways that you might monetize your skills, she said.
Comb the past for patterns.