Wondering what career is right for you? On average, people in the UK will work for 3507 days in their lifetime. That’s a large portion of your life to be spent at work, so it’s no wonder you’re trying to find the right job for you.
Thankfully, you’re on the right track by taking the time to read this blog. So let’s take a look at how you can find your dream job.
- Career tests
- List your skills
- Evaluate your interests
- Create a shortlist
- Talk to people in the industry
- Attend webinars
- Consult a mentor
How to find the perfect career
1. Career tests
Online career assessments are a great way to learn more about yourself from an impartial party (artificial intelligence), and gain some inspiration. These tests will consider your likes, dislikes and hard and soft skills to conjure up some awesome career ideas that you otherwise might not have considered.
2. List your skills
Make a list of all your strengths. This should include any courses or qualifications, training you’ve received, and both your hard and soft skills. Here are a few examples of what your list might look like:
- Dealing with complaints
- Public speaking
3. Evaluate your interests
Picking the perfect career isn’t just about the pay-packet. It should be just as much about your job satisfaction and how much you’re going to enjoy the role. In an ideal world, you’ll be able to map out your interests and find a job that combines both your skills and your passions. This is the recipe for success!
4. Create a shortlist
After you’ve spent time evaluating your skills and interests, make a shortlist of the top options you’d like to consider. Don’t just shoot aimlessly – make sure every action you take in this job search is carefully considered.
5. Talk to people in the industry
Once you’ve got your shortlist, it’s time to investigate the different industries and jobs you’re considering. Make it your business to network and speak with people in similar roles. Find out what excites them about their work, and also what they don’t enjoy so much. The more people you talk to, the better your insight.
6. Attend webinars
Attend industry-related webinars to find out more about the industry and whether you’ll enjoy it. This will give you a taste of what’s to come. Do you find the topics interesting? Do you feel you have something to contribute? If you can’t wait to attend the next one, you can be sure you’re onto a good thing.
7. Consult a mentor
Consulting with a mentor is a great way to decide your next career move. Try to speak with someone you look up to, someone who has had a successful career and carries a lot of wisdom! Perhaps it’s an old boss, or maybe reach out to someone accomplished you follow on LinkedIn. This is going to make your quest for a new career so much more effective!
Take the leap
Switching careers is a big moment for anyone. But the most important thing is to spend time carefully evaluating what your next move should be. You deserve to work in a job you love and there are plenty of options available. All you need to do is start taking steps in the right direction!
Looking for a new role? Read our blog to find out if remote working is right for you.
Ready to start interviewing? Don’t forget to scan our guide on attending interviews whilst you’re still in a job!