If you’re getting ready for work in the morning and you’re still half-asleep as you walk from room to room, there’s a high chance your job is uninspiring. In your head, you know there’s something better out there for you, but for some reason, you’re not able to kick things into action. Day after day, you keep daydreaming about what it would be like to finally do what you love.
85% of people report they’re currently not in the job they love. So if you want to know how to finally get yourself out of a job you dread, then keep reading. In this article, we’ll unveil the top seven tips from the other 15% of people that actually are in a career they love.
How to Find a Job You Love
Life is too short to be miserable working 8-10 hours a day. That’s why we want to instill the courage within you to turn your job situation around. Following these tips, you’ll gain all of the knowledge you need to find a job you love.
Tip #1: Experiment with Different Career Paths
What are you passionate about? Do you have one definitive passion or many passions to choose from? If you’re having trouble figuring out which dream to follow, try out a few career paths before solidifying your long-term career plans. You might think it’ll slow you down, but it actually accomplishes the opposite: speeding you up in the long term.
By taking the time to learn new skills and experiment with different work styles and settings, you can gain a better understanding of what you’re really good at and what you enjoy the most. Eventually, you’ll be able to identify positions you visualize yourself occupying for the next five, 10, or 20+ years.
According to a study conducted by Age Wave, 45% of workers are either satisfied or extremely satisfied with their jobs. You don’t need to overthink this. You’ll know your passion when time starts to fly as you’re putting in the work.
Tip #2: Be Persistent
Don’t be afraid to be bad at something. It usually takes time before you become good at certain tasks. Whenever you try something new, there’s always going to be a bit of a learning curve. You might not exceed your initial expectations in the beginning, but with a bit of perseverance, you’ll start seeing the results you were working for when you first started.
Tip #3: Chase Fulfillment, Not a Paycheck
Despite popular opinion, you may find it more fulfilling to search beyond jobs that solely offer high wages. But wait, don’t you need the money to manifest a living you love?
Of course—but, would you rather spend 40 hours a week dealing with projects and managers you don’t like or have a job that aligns with your passions?
Be sure your major career decisions are backed up by numerous factors, not only salary, but also benefits, your professional goals, and your overall happiness. In the end, it’s about how wholeheartedly you live your life, not how much money you make.
Tip #4: Do What You Love
Go into a career because you want to, notone that someone else told you to pursue. Oftentimes we hear young professionals say, “I want to be a lawyer because my parents are and they suggested me to.” Or, “I want to start a business because everyone else is doing it.” When, in reality, they hated it.
The U.S. Department of Education even reported that about 30% of undergraduates change their major at least once. To find a job you love, you have to appreciate each and every facet that comes with it.
If you’re feeling unsure or disillusioned by your career path, it’s time to make a switch. And in the event that you try something else and it still doesn’t feel right, switch again. Dialing into your passions, short-term and long-term, can take several rounds of trial and error. Embrace the journey.
Tip #5: Find Your Value
Create a list of the things you’regood at and the tasks, projects, and activities you enjoy doing the most. Whether you’re a skilled craftsman, a master communicator, a people person, or a poetic writer, identifying your strong suits can help you narrow down where you shine the brightest.
Now, as you research different careers, you can compare your list with different job descriptions and evaluate how well you measure up. Doing this can also give you an insight into how valuable you can be to an organization.
Tip #6: Find a Mentor
A mentor is someone who has the lifestyle that you desire and can show you how to achieve it. A good mentor not only guides you on what to do, but also shows you what not to do. Someone who knows the ropes within the field you’re interested in can provide the valuable insight and experienced know-how you need to guide your career. And best of all, you might gain a lifelong friend in the process.
Tip #7: Take Action
You can continue learning as much as you want and keep reading about how to find a job you love. However, if all that knowledge is just stored in your mind, then your current job situation will never change unless you start putting your knowledge into action.
The important questions to ask yourself include:
- Are you ready for a big change?
- Are you willing to take risks to pursue your passions?
- Are you ready to find a new beginning?
Now is your time. Take action and make things happen.
Do What You Love Today!
What steps will you be taking to find a job you love? How will you apply these tips to create a lifestyle where you do what you love? We’d love to hear from you! For more of our top career tips delivered to your mailbox, subscribe to our newsletter.