What If I Told You Another Career is an Option?

Many people complain that they don't like their job. "At least you have a job to complain about," mutter seemingly just as many unemployed folks. And then there's someone like you, who's likely fed up with both types. "At least you know what you don't want your job," you say to the first, and to the second, "At least you have an idea of what you want."

It's no fun trying to figure out what you want to do. If you're considering online education, you have a start in that you want more education to get a better job. If you're already in a program you have the sense of where you want to go. And then, late at night, you wake up, not with a cold sweat, but the question, "What am I doing with my life?"

That's actually a great place to start. Rather than trying to narrow down things, make a list of all of the things you've done. Personal passions, volunteering and any work experience you have. Put a check mark next to the things you've liked. If you are back in school, add the courses that you've liked, and what skills you've picked up from them.

Now, it's taken a while to get to it, but you're very close to picking a career. If you narrow down the list above to about 10 or so, fire up another tab in your browser. Go to one of the job aggregating sites like Indeed, and put two or three of your experiences/traits/etc. into the search box, and see what comes up. Skim through some of the options and see if your other important choices are there.

You should be able to come up with a list of jobs that fit at least five or more of the items that you made. Even if they aren't in the industry you were planning on entering, or that you currently work in, that's fine. You've now expanded your job search, and a wider net leads to better results. Good luck, and brush up that resume to reflect the experience, and make sure you use those keywords to write a cover letter that will draw attention.

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