No matter where you stand in life, your job is something that will affect you for the rest of it. It's never too late to change your career, so if you decide to make that leap after years of the same thing, what are some things that you should look for in every career?
A Positive Vibe
This doesn't just mean being nice, this means the atmosphere of the workplace as a whole. Is the supervisor understanding and kind to the employees? Do the employees themselves encourage one another with kind attitudes and peer to peer recognition? A toxic workplace is a terrible place to be and can seriously alter your health over time as well. When you go in for an interview, try to get a feel for the place and take note of the staff and their interactions. The attitude of the workplace can seriously determine your happiness there.
Your Passion Versus Practicality
Almost every life coach will tell you to follow your passion, but the problem is that your passion might be something that is highly impractical or would not make enough money to live off of. For example, if writing a bestselling novel is what you've wanted to do since age six, as you grow up you learn to understand that your dreams can grow with you. Rather than pursue your passion, why not pursue something in the line of passion?
Instead of deciding that you are the next JK Rowling and will be living off of your billions in royalties for the rest of your life, think about what you can do in that same field in the meantime while you wait for that novel to get written. Editing, for example, or reaching out to companies that hire freelancers are great places to look. You might love something and wish you could get paid to do it, but think about related options to help you pay the bills and be happy too.
Fulfillment In What You Do
Nobody wants to work a job for thirty years and feel like they're making no positive impact on the world. This is likely one of the reasons that you are pursuing something different in the first place, so don't get stuck in the same old "I don't like my job but I'm comfortable" cycle. Here are three ways to pinpoint something that fulfills you: You feel like what you are doing is directly and positively impacting the wellbeing of the community It feels good to tell people what you do because you know you're making a difference You would happily go back and do it again Remember, this is your career and only you know what fills your bucket. Narrow down what you want to pursue that ticks all these boxes.
Job Security And Demand
When you're excited about going after your dream, it can be easy to fall headfirst into researching schools and training certifications and ways to get employed. However, do take a moment in your flurry of excitement to consider the longevity of this career path. Some careers, like teaching and computer science-related jobs, are always in demand and are hireable pretty much anywhere.
A bachelor's in Greek mythology, while certainly interesting and hard-earned, is not the most sought-after degree in every career path and you might have a difficult time finding a job after college. Remember that your dream job might not always be in demand, and if you're in the middle of finding a new path then you certainly don't want to waste your time or money.
There Is Potential For Growth
It is soul-killing to be stuck in a dead-end job, so don't get caught up in a new career that offers no way to move up. Growth is part of human nature, and you likely don't want to be exactly in the same place professionally ten years from now. Find a career that offers you chances to move up and better yourself. Your happiness is your main drive for changing your career. When you decide to make the leap and go for it, do something that makes you happy and fulfilled.