I know I catch myself wondering and observing people who are truly happy and love what they do. What did they do to get there? Life can be challenging at times, and as you know, we all must learn from our mistakes. If you are indecisive about your career, there are helpful tips to feel happiness in your everyday life. First, this starts with loving what we do. The majority of us spend more time at work than with our loved ones. On average, a full-time employee in the United States works about 1,801 hours per year. Here are tips you can do early on to obtain a career right for you.
Take a self-assessment
Imagine accepting a position, and years later, you realize you are not where you belong. If you haven’t done so, take an online self-assessment. It will not only show what your interests are, but what if there is a position out there designed specifically for you. There are different free self-assessments you can take online to help guide you in the right direction and lead you to a career path you may be passionate about. I recommend visiting MyTXcareer.com to take an assessment and learn more about your personal skills, job skills, and work values. Answering around 60 questions could benefit you and save you time for a career you may not be passionate about.
Get a mentor
Growing up, I never realize how important it is to have a mentor and how they can potentially change your life. A mentor can give you honest feedback about your strengths and show you the areas needed for improvement. Mentors have the knowledge and experience to know what is right for you, or they can guide you in the right direction. Having a mentor can also build a professional relationship and future connections. You can find a mentor through social media, volunteer events, and networking. Having a mentor shows you are dedicated to taking the proper steps to show that you are driven enough to succeed in life.
Strive for a career, not a job
A career we are satisfied with can affect our overall daily mood. Why would you settle for less? According to careervision.org, about 45% of people are happy or extremely satisfied with what they do. Only 20% are passionate about their career, and 33% feel they have reached a dead-end in their job. Staying at a company where you feel undervalued and unappreciated can sometimes affect your overall performance and mood. Do whatever you can to take control of your happiness. Take the time to do your research and find a company right for you.
If you take steps to do what you love in your career, you will never work a day in your life! If you are not sure where to start, a career counselor at your local Workforce Solutions career office will assist you with this. They can help you look for work to find a job you potentially love, keep a job by helping you with your needs or get a better job, a job you call your career! If you are not sure what direction to take, take your career hunting seriously by incorporating the tips above to live a happy and satisficing life.
Jessica Savala is a Career Navigator for Workforce Solutions. She supports all areas of the career office for customers, staff, and the management team. By analyzing customer needs, she has assisted in job readiness, financial aid, funding for the office, and support services for training customers and customers who have obtained employment. With over 8 years of customer service experience, she has a passion for helping others and is proud of her career in workforce development. She plans to continue her education as she holds an Associate of Arts Degree.