The Career Choice: How to Find Your Life Calling
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As children, we all knew what we wanted to be when we grew up. For most of us, however, that choice was not definite. You know what I wanted to be? A garbageman. With all due respect to waste collectors, I’m happy I wasn’t very persistent with that career choice. The only problem was: I didn’t know what I wanted to become.
What’s a dream job, anyway? Most people dream of becoming famous actors or musicians, but those daydreams are rarely a life calling. The perfect job is a mix of different factors:
- Daily challenges that make the work interesting
- Friendly co-workers
- Excitement and growth
- Good pay
I was wandering from one career choice to another before I found my calling. Now that I have a job that doesn’t make me miserable, I’m happy to say I found the perfect recipe for discovering it. Let me tell you how I became a journalist. This won’t be a simple personal experience you’ll read. I have some tips that will help you discover your dream job, too.
Tips for Making the Ultimate Career Choice
- Try Different Things in Life
Let me tell you something: you’ll never know whether or not you’re good at something unless you try. Maybe you’ve always wanted to be a doctor and your parents supported that mission. As soon as you started medical school, you realized you could never love that profession. It happens. You tried, and that’s the important thing! You’ll recognize when this moment comes: you’re fed up with your current work and you’re ready to try something new. At that point, you have two ways to go:
- Continue struggling and forcing yourself to get up in the morning to go to a job you don’t like, or
- Try something new.
I chose the second direction, and I believe it’s the right way to go. At college, I chose social science as my major. My goal was to work for non-governmental organizations and make changes in this world. That sounds so noble, doesn’t it? Well, my job at an NGO was also very boring. There were tons of paperwork and yeah, I was helping people, but I was also making myself miserable. I tried and I failed. I’m glad I recognized the moment when a change was absolutely necessary.
I started thinking of the talents I had. I always liked writing about different matters: education, business, technologies, science, literature, and society. I found a way to combine all these interests into a single profession: I became a journalist.
- Do What You Love, Love What You Do
If you already have a job and you don’t feel like making a change, you need to rediscover your passion for it. What made you pursue that career? Do you remember how great your enthusiasm was at the beginning? You started doing something you loved. Now, you need to remind yourself how much you love what you’re doing.
Sounds rather philosophical, doesn’t it? Let me clarify that tip through a personal experience: I have my low points in journalism. Sometimes I feel uninspired and I’m on the point of giving up. Yes, it’s my dream job, but I can’t even pretend to be creative all the time. I’m working for a prestigious magazine that has extreme standards, so I can’t afford to fail.
In moments of weakness, I simply get help. When I get into a writer’s block, I give myself enough time to heal. I explore new interests and I can force myself back into working mode. If that doesn’t work, I turn to writing services, such as Australianwritings, which are great in giving me ideas and support through the creative process. Whatever I do, I always find a way to remind myself how much I love what I do.
- Take Your Time when Applying for Jobs
If you’re in between jobs, you shouldn’t see that situation as a punishment. Okay, your previous job didn’t work out, but that doesn’t mean you should get depressed. Instead of making peace with any position just because you need a job, you should see this as an opportunity: you don’t work and you have a chance to discover the thing you would really enjoy doing.
That’s why you need to take your time when researching different organizations and applying for the positions of your interest. It’s important to feel good about the place that’s going to become your daily working environment. When I searched for a job in journalism, I had several options and I got great recommendations that opened my doors to the most popular lifestyle magazines. I was in front of a great decision, so I took a month to consider all options and measure the pros and cons of each one of them. I ended up with a job I absolutely love, and I know I made the right choice.
The worst thing you could possibly do is get stuck in a dead end. Every single profession gives you opportunities to grow. Discover them and work towards them! That’s the only way to feel accomplished. Otherwise, you would get bored of the same routines you’re stuck with day after day.
When I committed to journalism, I made a promise to myself: “I am going to find and accept new challenges. I’ll never get stuck in routines.” That commitment keeps me going. I can honestly say I enjoy waking up every day, knowing I have new exciting challenges in front of me. I never stop growing.
It’s not easy to make a career choice. You’re in the middle of a crossroad and you just know: the decision you’re going to make will lead you to a specific direction in the future. The problem is: you can never be sure about that direction, and you’re not always sure which of the opportunities you prefer. Regardless of the difficulties you face, you can never stop before you find your life calling. That won’t be that hard if you explore new possibilities, experiment with different talents, and discover the interests you never knew you had. Never be afraid to try something new; you can’t know where it will take you!
ABOUT THE GUEST AUTHOR
Jessica Freeman is passionate about content writing and journalism. She finds her calling in making others interested in topics of education, career, and marketing developments through her freelance work on content pieces. Meet her on Facebook and Twitter.