From her experience as a Career Guidance Counsellor, Roisin Traynor advises on how you can ensure you choose the right career path.
Figuring out your career, what you want to do with your life and how to succeed can be overwhelming.
People often ask themselves “What do I want to do?” or “how can I be successful?” Even people who have been working for years do this.
I’m a big believer in trying to be successful and make money, but the overall goal is to be satisfied with what you are doing with your life.
So what do you want to do?
Really think about it.
Does it involve helping other people, being busy, working in an office? Whatever it is, gather these thoughts. What exactly do you want out of “work”?
It’s also important to look at what you don't want, or what sacrifices you might have to make.
Write what you want and don’t want down on paper.
What are you good at? Be modest. As Sophia Amoruso said, "True success lies in knowing your weaknesses and playing to your strengths."
Write it down.
Is there anything that links your biggest strengths to the skills required for what you want to do?
Have you done any research into the field your thinking about while reading this? Have you had any experience in the area?
If no, then do some research, get some experience, test it out. If you did and you didn’t like it, start again. Can’t find it? Keep looking.
If you can’t think of anything, go to your hobbies, your interests, or your favorite class in school or university.
Try to imagine how you would actually like to spend your working days. What you want in your career will never be ridiculous. It does not have to be impossible. And it can be achieved. Visualise it, imagine yourself doing it.
If something comes into your head at this moment that you would like to do but are not, why aren’t you?
A lot of people chose a career path for money and “success” more so than actually enjoying what they do.
Yes, we all need to make money to survive, and it can be a huge value to some and motivator to succeed. But when initially choosing your career, try step away from money at the beginning.
Alan Watts, a British philosopher always comes to mind in my practice as a guidance counsellor. When you take money away from the question, people tend to have different answers.
Happiness and money always tend to be the main objectives when choosing your career. My advice when figuring out what to do with your life, always put your happiness first and figure out the money later.
Deep down happiness is everyone’s main goal in life.
Jay Shetty, a motivational video blogger talks about happiness and success and why we should redefine it.
He says that, “somewhere along the line our definition of success became blurred, it became about money“.
When you find a career that will make you happy, the next most common desire is to be successful.
There’s no better advice than to work hard.
Eric Thomas, is a brilliant motivator who asks how bad people really want to be successful, he mentions in the video below the fact that our phones, our social life etc., often takes priority over really trying to be successful.