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How To Find The Perfect Career For You

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Jan. 15 2020, Published 2:41 p.m. ET

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When it comes to our professional lives, we all want to be able to say that we work in the best possible job. Work isn’t absolutely everything, but it does take up a huge chunk of our lives, so it’s only right that we’re content in where we’re grafting and making money. Sure, there are people out there that will probably never be able to work in a job that they love – there are just some things that need doing in order to keep our society functioning as it should. That’s nothing to be ashamed of or worried about, of course. 

If you’re in a position where you’re able to find something that matches you, however, then you should absolutely do all you can to get it. We’re, fortunately, in an age now where we can find exactly what would be perfect for us. In decades gone by, the generations before us didn’t exactly have that luxury. But with all the opportunities and gadgets we have at our disposal nowadays, it’s something we can all at least try!

If you’re interested, here are a few things to consider when trying to figure out what might be the perfect position: 

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Think About What You Love

This is a pretty obvious thing to say, but not many bother heading down this route. The idea that working in a job that’s related to a hobby or passion doesn’t seem to be realistic with a lot of people. We’re told from a young age that we need to get ourselves into a pretty boring, safe, and secure job, and while that’s pretty smart, it might not be the best thing overall.

Literally, write down the things you love. Look online for jobs in that particular field. Look at what you can do – even if they seem completely unrealistic, it’s not stupid to do a little research. 

Think About What You Hate!

On the flip side of the previous point, you might want to write out what you absolutely do NOT want to delve into. You should give all kinds of jobs a try, but sometimes it’s best to avoid something that you feel you’ll detest. Like we said before, it takes up a chunk of your week, month, and year, so make sure you don’t jump into something awful. 

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Don’t Overanalyze Your Life 

When looking for the best possible job, we often tend to look at ourselves and find what’s best for us based on our previous qualifications, and what we’ve been told would be good for us. While, again, it’s a pretty safe idea, it’s not the be-all and end-all. For instance, it’s wise to look at the likes of history degree options and jobs in that field if you’ve pursued it during education, but there are so many different routes you can follow. You should pigeonhole yourself with tunnel vision. 

Talk About It With An Advisor 

Finally, you could always get in touch with a career advisor. Someone who is quite literally trained and experienced in finding the right jobs for all kinds of people will be able to point you in the right direction.

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