3 Ways To Discover A Job You’ll Love

3 Ways to Discover a Job You’ll Love

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Sometimes we get stuck in our career path when aren’t sure how our interests can become a job or when we’ve lost sight of what we are actually interested in. There are a variety of ways to rediscover your mojo.

This post is a list of strategies to help you answer “What makes you tick?”

Take a look through the 3 strategies listed below. Spend time on the ones that captivate you and leave the rest. TL;DR (too long;didn’t read) located at the bottom of the page.

  1.          Write & Reflect through a Career Narrative

  2.           Interest Assessments

  3.           Try Something New

…great, more info please!

1. Career Narrative

If you enjoy storytelling this may be just the tactic for you. The goal is to tell a piece of your story. You will analyze and discuss the influential times in your life that have led you in your career path thus far. You will write a story of your past and present experiences to help conceptualize your journey towards a career.

Here’s how to do it:

Write your career narrative:

  1. Self-Understanding- Ask yourself why and how you’ve made particular career decisions. Contemplate on the experiences you’ve had, the beliefs you hold, and your values. What past experiences and guiding principles led you to where you are now?
  2. Showcasing Yourself-  Telling your story and marketing your skills is vital to understanding your story better AND helps you get the job you want. Employers look for people who are able to tell their story well.

Ok, that’s your outline – now go write your story. 1-2 pages double spaced.

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2. Interest Assessment

You know how you feel and what you are interested in better than anyone else in the world. Interest assessments can help you better articulate your interests (which helps you tell your story better), and helps you identify jobs that fit your interests more quickly. I recommend taking the RIASEC assessment which is based off of the Holland Theory. Briefly, Holland Theory gives us 6 terms generated from exhibited traits and behaviors to provide insight into what makes a career satisfying for an individual. The 6 traits are Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Your Holland Code is made up of your 3 highest scores and can help you in your job search.

            Here’s how to do it:

  1. Take an assessment. Go to http://www.self-directed-search.com/ to pay $10 for the trademark John Holland Self-Directed Search Assessment, or use a free assessment like this one: http://personality-testing.info/tests/RIASEC.php.
  2. Get your 3 letter code. Learn more about the 6 terms here: https://www.onetonline.org/find/descriptor/browse/Interests/
  3. Search job descriptions. Plug your individualized code into the yellow box at the top. https://www.onetonline.org/explore/interests/Realistic/. Get an idea of what jobs exist that fit your code.
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3. Try New Things

This is pretty self-explanatory. It is the quickest way to discover what you enjoy and can be the easiest to push off. Sometimes putting yourself out there to try new activities can be scary. Bribe a friend to go with you if you need to, but get yourself out there trying new things.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Job Shadowing- Think you might like a job? Find someone who has that job and politely ask if you could schedule a time to watch them do what they do best.
  2. Volunteer- There are volunteer opportunities for every job task and across all industries. Open your mind to all possibilities.
  3. Intern– This usually requires a longer commitment but can be a great way to get experience and network.
  4. Join clubs, pick up a hobby, DO WHAT SOUNDS FUN- If you think something sounds like a lot of fun and have an urge to do it but dismiss the idea for any reason, you’re doing it wrong. For example, not taking an improv class because you don’t want to be an actress and move to LA. There are so many benefits to taking a class or joining a club.
    • Joining a community of people using their curiosity and who are willing to try new things will ignite your progress immensely.
    • Building a new skill (whether you think it’s practical or not) will create opportunity for you in ways you could not predict.
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TL:DR

The better you know yourself the more capable you are of making decisions more quickly and with better results. Reflect on what you know about yourself and if you get stuck there – it’s time to try out new things.

Work Theory is a blog designed around the idea that humans should have access to jobs that they enjoy and can make a living doing. The Dream Job series gives us a glimpse into the lives of people who have managed to achieve consistent satisfaction and happiness in their career. The jobs they work are as diverse as the lives led by these individuals. “Like” Work Theory on Facebook to remain a part of the story.

If you, or someone you know is living their dream job and are interested in being interviewed, please contact Annie here.

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