As children, we strongly know that when we grow up we are going to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, cosmonauts, or even presidents. Our dreams are bigger than us and we are thrilled to dream about it!
And the year goes by, our certainty about these career paths gets lower and lower. We start to question how we are going to reach these goals, is it truly stands with our personality, do we really can be successful at jobs like these?
It is a really hard and time-consuming task to find out what you want to do in your life: what studies to choose, and how to build your career. Some people know who they want to become and what to do for a living at an early age and this is very awesome!
But, let’s be honest, not all of us know that stuff, and some people change their careers even at age of 50 or more. So, when next time you are going to feel miserable and sad that you are lost, always remember that somewhere out there is a 46-year-old history teacher who totally changed this career and became an IT specialist! (True and very inspiring story btw!)
I will give you 3 ideas of what can you do to make this exploring time easier:
- Write down a list of things you know you are good at
This would help you to look at yourself and acknowledge things that you are good at, without bragging, but doing this very objectively.
Purify this list and always have it by your side while looking for job ads and this will help you to ‘scan’ for something that you think would suit you.
- Don’t be afraid to try
The fear of failing might be the biggest reason stopping us from the start of doing something. But don’t put so much pressure on yourself and try out things, even the most simple ones.
Remember to yourself that nothing bad is going to happen if you try, no one is going to judge you or laugh at you. You have all right to try out things and find out that maybe you don’t like some of them.
It is the path you have to go through while clarifying your true path. The more things you try out, the better your perception of your strengths and weaknesses will be.
- Don’t forget your hobbies
Look back at things that you love doing besides work. Maybe you love handcrafts of any kind and spent many hours creating something or love writing stuff and can easily write an essay of 500 words per few hours? Think about what services or products can you suggest to people that you are good at making.
These hobbies that you have also can be a good indicator of where you are good at and where your passion is. There are many success stories where people very luckily turn their hobbies and passions into a business and can earn money from it.
Finding your true path in life can be so hard and frustrating, especially while there can be a lot of pressure from outside, like parents or friends. Be ready to take time and really dig deep into finding yourself and where you want to see yourself.
I wish you the best of luck in your journey of finding your true path in life!