Most young people find it difficult to answer the unswerving question fired at them – “So, what do you want to do with your life?” Be it a family get-together, party, friends’ parents or your own parents and teachers, everyone wants to know what have you planned for your future. If you too are in your late teens wondering what would be a perfect career choice, don’t fish around. Instead look inside you to get the right answer. See what you want to do, what interests you, find your passion and focus on it.
Here are few tips to guide you and help you decide on a career option that makes you happy and fulfilled.
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Consider present and not future
No plan works. No one knows what future holds for them. We might want to pursue a career in medicine, music, science or computers, but financial circumstances, personal tragedy can put paid to these dreams. Life is full of surprises. Hence, don’t imagine yourself ten years down the line. Think of the present and live the present. Study, learn and enjoy at the same time. This time will never return. So make the most of it. Focus on career options that you find fascinating at this time and not what you think you may like later in life.
Nothing is certain in life. Grab the opportunity
You can’t avoid doing a thing because you are unsure of its outcome. The future is an unknown mystery. Your business venture may turn out to be a great success or great failure. So be positive and grab opportunities that come your way. Listen to your instinct. If you are not afraid of grabbing opportunities, you will realize there is so much you can do with your life. You could write a book, perform in a theatre, become an entrepreneur or be a travel photographer. You could do anything you like and love. After all, who knows what lies ahead for you!
Come out of your cocoon
We all lead a comfortable and protected life and are afraid to venture out of our comfort zone. However, most people don’t realize comfort brings nothing. We need to get out of our comfort zone to do something new, something challenging and something worthwhile. Just because you are afraid of discomfort or something new and different, you tend to stagnate. Everything new in life is difficult in the beginning, but as you get used to it, you adjust. Be it first day in the school, first stage performance or the first business meeting; nothing is comfortable. Just take a deep breath and tell yourself that you can do it. To your surprise, you would actually be able to do it.
Welcome opportunities that come knocking
Opportunities knock everyone’s door at times. You should be able to seize the opportunity, take risks and even create opportunities for yourself. Don’t have regrets that you didn’t take or try something that came your way. You will never forgive yourself and will constantly be plagued by regrets that will affect your present.
Understand your calling
On The Muse, the author Lily Zhang gives the example of Richard Ledier‘s G+P+V Formula – https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-find-the-answer-to-what-do-i-want-to-do-with-my-life
When you are standing at a crossroad contemplating your options, the best way forward is to use this formula. It will give you a clear perspective and help you decide which path to take.
G + P + V = C
G is for gifts
P is for passions
V is for values
C is your calling
Here gifts refer to your strengths. Consider your strengths and focus on what you are good at. Then take into account your passions – things you really care about. Finally, look at your values. Here values refer to your personality and the kind of lifestyle you lead. What is it about your personality and lifestyle that you would not sacrifice for your work? Once you know the answers to these variables, things become clearer and you will automatically head towards your calling. A point to note is figuring out these variables will require some time, as you would have to perform some introspection. But once you succeed, you will know what your next step should be.
The Bottom Line
Prepare yourself for your career path by learning new skills, being trustworthy and working under pressure. Be positive and open to ideas. Life can be real boring, but have the strength to make it interesting. Ask people for advice, but follow your instincts. Don’t be afraid to take on the world. Happiness should always be your aim in life, as the future is a black hole and you don’t know what lies at the other end of the hole.