Are you graduating college this year? Are you unsure of what you want to do with your life? Relax, most of us don’t know what we want to do when we first graduate. In fact, some of us have been out of school for years and still don’t know.
Research all the possible careers within the degree field you have just completed and any other careers that interest you. Next, make a list of what you believe to be your strengths and weaknesses. List how you use these strengths and these weaknesses everyday. Is there a good match between your strongest abilities and the requirements of the jobs you are considering?
If you have no idea what you want from a job then you can start by thinking of some of the happiest moments in your life. Where were you? What were you doing? Then, look at how you work best: Do you prefer working in groups or independently? Are you self-motivated or do you need a structured environment? What are some settings that seem to put you in a bad mood or make you feel disconnected? Think about these questions and write your answers down. Look at your choices: do they fit these core pieces of your personality?
After you figure out what types of environments you want to work in, it’s time to look at a life plan. I know this seems overwhelming at first, but if you take the time to develop a sense of what you want your future to look like, finding the right job will be easier. Think about your “ideal” life.
• Where do you live?
• Where do you work (at home, in an office, outdoors)?
• Who do you work for?
• How many hours a day do you work?
• Do you travel for your job?
• How much do you want to earn per year?
• What do you want your financial portfolio to look like (retirement and savings)?
• What do you want to do when you are not working?
Once you become clear on your strengths and what kind of lifestyle you desire, you will begin to find the opportunities that are best for you.
Laura Tirello is a Life and Career Coach. Her company, Core Life Design, works with people who are looking to find their highest potential both in their careers and personal lives. She helps her clients develop a life plan for success and create a balanced life. For more information about Laura and her life coaching business, visit corelifedesign.com or email Laura at Laura@corelifedesign.com.