For many people, doing something they enjoy doing is the most crucial component of choosing on a professional path-even more significant than how much money they can earn!
We do not all prefer to do the same things and that is wonderful. For some people, the ideal holiday is sitting on the beach, doing absolutely nothing; others would love to spend weeks touring museums and historic places. Some people wish they had time to learn to skydive or fly a plane; others like to learn learn to make gourmet meals or study advanced math.
If we all enjoyed the same things, the world just would not work very well. There would be tremendous crowds in some locations and phantom villages in others. Some of our natural resources would be overloaded; others would never be utilised. We would all want to eat at the same restaurant, wear the same clothing, see the same movie, and live in the same place. How boring!
So let us get down to figuring out what you most enjoy to do and how you might spend your working life doing just that. In some respects your response to this question is all you really need to know about picking a job, because the people who like their work the most are those who do what they enjoy. We are not talking rocket science here. Just plain ordinary common sense.
Imagine this: No school, no job, no homework, no chores, no obligations at all. All the time in the world you desire to do all things you like most. You know what we are talking about-those things that absolutely grab your interest and keep you interested for hours without your being bored. Those kind of things you do extremely well-sometimes effortlessly, sometimes with incredible (practiced)skill.
And, by the way, EVERYONE has plenty of both interests and strengths. Some are just more visible than others.
Step 1: Write the three things you most enjoy doing on a sheet of paper, be sure to allow lots of space after each thing.
Step 2: Think about some of the underlying reasons why you appreciate each of these activities-the motives beyond “it is fun.” Do you enjoy shopping because it provides you an opportunity to be with your friends? Because it helps you to find new methods to exhibit your individuality? Because you appreciate the challenge of finding deals or stuff no one else has discovered? Or because it is pleasant to picture the lifestyle you will be able to lead when you are ultimately rich and famous? In the blank spaces, record the reasons why you appreciate each activity.
Step 3: Keep this list ready in your journal so that you may refer to it any time you have to make a career decision. Sure, you may have to refresh the list from time to time as your interests change. But one thing is certain. The kind of work you will most enjoy will be tied in some way to the activities on that list. Count on it.
Maybe one of your favorite things to do is “play basketball.” Does that mean the only way you will ever be happy at work is to play professional basketball?
Use your why responses to read between the lines. The whys can prove even more significant than the whats. Perhaps what you like most about playing basketball is the challenge or the chance to be part of a team that shares a shared goal. Maybe you genuinely appreciate pushing yourself to be better. perhaps it could be the exhilaration connected with competitiveness and the excitement of victory.
The more you unearth your personal whys, the closer you will be to learning vital signals about the kinds of job that are best for you. “Hope this is of some help to you”