If you’re not sure what the future holds for you or what career path you want to follow, then don’t worry. No matter your age or experience, it can be difficult knowing what kinds of jobs you are suited to or passionate about!
Figuring out what your skills are
The first step to finding your dream job is knowing what your skills are. If you are looking for your first job, or feeling unmotivated after years in the same role, this can be really tricky to figure out. The following steps will help you to get past this and uncover where your strengths lie.
Focus on your strengths
Rather than dwelling on the things you are not so good at, spend some time figuring out what you excel in. Take advantage of your strengths and use them to land a job.
If you are not sure where your strengths lie, then check out our Skills Exploration Tool. Another option is to write a list of all the things you are good at: this could be video games, reading, socialising, anything! You can then turn these into skills that employers want.
For example, if you consider yourself an extrovert and love meeting new people, you could use this strength to show employers that you have great interpersonal and communication skills.
Evaluate your weaknesses
To understand your weaknesses, think back to past jobs and the challenges you faced at them. Was there one role in particular that you really struggled with?
If you do not have a lot of previous work experience, don’t worry. Instead, evaluate your weaknesses by looking at times in the past where you felt as though you did not succeed at something: this could be at school, during a personal project, or other activity.
Talk to colleagues and friends
Nobody knows you better than your friends and the people you work with. Spend some time speaking to them to find out what kinds of jobs they think you’re suited to and what your skills and strengths are.
Talking to lots of people can also help you discover new career paths. You can learn about jobs you may not have even known existed before, and gather useful information that could help you further down the line.
"Rather than dwelling on the things you are not so good at, spend some time figuring out what you excel in..."
Using those skills to land a job
So, now you have a clear idea of what your skills are and where you excel. The next step is to utilise this knowledge and find a job that matches up with these skills. It may seem daunting, but there are steps you can take to make the job hunt much more manageable, and even enjoyable!
Network with people in the industry
Networking is one of the best ways to discover new career paths and find a job that suits you. Try joining some online groups on Linkedin or Facebook, attending a conference or workshop, or reaching out to industry professionals directly via email.
By doing this, you can get a better idea of the industry and what a day in the life of the job would look like.
Think about the type of environment you want to work in
Actively choosing a first or next career means thinking about what you want, rather than just accepting the first thing that comes along.
For instance, If you thrive in busy environments and love working in groups, look into office-based and collaborative roles rather than remote work. Other factors to think about include salary, work-life balance, and career progression.
Combine your skills and passions
As well as deciding on a career path based on your skills and strengths, remember to prioritise your passions. Ask yourself if you will be excited and motivated in this job, if you genuinely care about the role, and if you would be happy doing the work for free? If you answered no to any of these questions, then it is not the right job for you.