“So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” A simple question that has been asked throughout our lives and yet, the older we get the more difficult it is to answer. There are so many options out there that you might feel overwhelmed as to how to make a decision or it may be that you simply haven’t gotten the chance to explore all opportunities out there.
Achieving success in your career is composed mainly of three things: Knowledge, Ability, and Skill. How knowledgeable you are of your industry and your scope of work, if you are actually able to accomplish what is expected of you and if you have the skill-set to accommodate to the job’s needs. What is relieving about achieving success in your career is that with time and training, you can easily gain the knowledge and skills needed to master the tasks-at-hand.
However, the more difficult part is finding a job that actually satisfies you, that you are passionate about and that you love going to, every day. That is primarily because you might lack the proper self-awareness to be able to understand what exactly fits your personality and needs. It might not be very easy to figure out but these tips will help make you more self-aware.
1. Personality Traits
Understanding and becoming aware of your personality traits may help you understand how you carry out your decision-making process, what influences you or annoys you and accordingly, you will get better clarity of which career better suits you and which doesn’t. For example: If you are someone who tends to not handle stress or pressure well, then maybe a job in the stock market may not suit you. If you want to have a better understanding of your personality type and traits, you can try taking one of the available online free tests such as Enneagram or Myers-Briggs personality tests.
2. Career Values
Your career values reflect what is important to you in a job. You can create a list of different values on a scale from 1 to 10 and accordingly you can better assess what means more to you. Examples for career values are location, helping others, creativity, physical activity, routine work, socialization, risk taking, work environment.
Understanding what motivates you can help you understand what kind of environment you are looking for in a workplace. There are two types of motivation; intrinsic & extrinsic. Internal motivation is the extent to which you commit extra effort based on your levels of personal drive. We usually pursue achievement and success for two reasons: because we are passionate about what we’re working on, and/or we feel intense pride and satisfaction when we do our job well.
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