Sitting at a dead-end career can be a crushing blow to your self-esteem. Most of us know when we are in a job we do not want to have. There are times when we need to put up with these less-than-perfect jobs because it is a stepping stone to our eventual dream job. There are other times when we find ourselves going down a path that we realize is not for us. So how can you tell you are going down a path that is right for you? It is not always easy. We sometimes talk ourselves into believing that a job is the right job for us, or a career makes sense, only to end up staying put for all the wrong reasons. Realizing which job is right for you may not always be easy, but it is the right thing to do to have a life we are happy with. So it is important to look at the signs that tell us we are heading in the right direction.
Do You Feel Positive When Waking Up In The Morning?
Most of us have at least one day out of the week where we find it a little difficult to get out of bed. It is common to feel unmotivated at times or show up to our career job a bit listless. This is not a tell tale sign that we have chosen the wrong career path. However, it is important to take notice of how you are feeling when you first wakes up. If we are headed down the right path, we will at least feel positive drive toward the day.
Do You Feel A Sense Of Accomplishment In Your Current Work?
We should at least feel some sense of pride and accomplishment when we head to work. When you have chosen the career path that fits us best, we should have some feeling of accomplishment and general satisfaction. If that feeling never comes, and we are only working for the weekend day in and day out, the right path has not been chosen.
Is This What You Like To Do?
While it is somewhat rare to have a job that is your number one hobby or passion, you should have a career that makes you feel good. If you are someone who loves music, you should have a career that somewhat plays toward this interest. Even if your job is as an accountant for a music studio, that job at least puts you in a field wherein you are in contact with a passion. If you enjoy the outdoors, being a parks and recreation worker means you will be near the nature you love. Even if either of these jobs are only stopping points toward your ultimate goal (no matter what that is), place yourself in a field you have passion for.
Do You Feel That Work Has A Sense Of Meaningful?
Ask any person who genuinely feels they are heading down the right path, and they will tell you their job has meaning. You should be able to enter each day knowing that you are making a difference in a meaningful way. To have a job without meaning is to be lifeless at work. Avoid any job that lacks meaning altogether. Even at its worst, a stepping-stone job still has meaning in that it is leading towards the ultimate work. When there is meaningfulness in a job, there is drive and enjoyment. A job without either of those items is a job that is not suited for you. A career should feel like it matters, and unless you simply must keep a dead-end career, a lifeless one should be removed as soon as possible.
Are You Sacrificing Your Identity?
Sometimes, we end up down career paths we did not intend to. One opportunity leads to another and all the while, we believe these are just stopping points toward a goal. However, sometimes we lose track of the goal and continually sacrifice what it is that is important to us. We all start with dreams. As children, we think of our future careers as things that invoke our very identities. As we grow older, we tend to sacrifice that identity fulfillment for jobs that simply pay the bills. We begin to build an identity that begrudgingly puts up with the career. The career and the path that is right for you must invoke that fulfillment of life and identity. Any job that lacks it is an improper path.
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