Imagine being in a career where you look forward to going to work each day, and one that leaves you satisfied and fulfilled each evening. Unfortunately, this remains a pipe dream for most people. You could have been pushed into a career you are not interested in either by your parents, relatives, peers and classmates. You dread going to work each morning and feel like there is no room for you to grow careerwise. When you look at your friends and classmates, they seem to have everything going well for them, giving you a feeling of inadequacy and discontent.
The good thing is, it does not have to be this way. You can break off the beaten path and chart your own path in a career of your choice. Keep reading to find out three strategies that will help you carve out your own career path.
Asses and explore yourself
You could be living life according to the plan your parents put in place for you, or just going along with things as you found them with no attempt to change. You are trying to live according to someone else’s version of your life. The problem with this is that it makes you oblivious to the fact that there is a giant within you ready to be awakened. How do you awaken the giant? By assessing and exploring yourself. Take the time to know yourself and discover your strengths, your weaknesses, your passions and your fears. Travel, volunteer and try different things. This will help you to know the things that excite you and discover your dream career.
Redefine success on your own terms
Many of us define success according to the achievements of the people around us. The problem with this is that reaching another person’s definition of success will still leave you unfulfilled and unsatisfied. Stop obsessing over what others are doing. Do a cross examination of the typical definition of success and come up with your own definition of success. What do you want to achieve? What does success feel like for you? Once you have a clear understanding of what you want, lay out a plan of how to achieve it. It is important to avoid making success about money or material possessions.
Commit to lifelong learning and career development
Once you have decided the best career path for you and have started taking steps in that direction, you should strive to remain relevant in your chosen area. Keep yourself abreast on new advancements in your field and try to gain new skills and knowledge. Read books, attend conferences and workshops, network with others in your industry. Utilize the internet to attend teleseminars and webinars. Find new ways of doing things and try to achieve mastery in your field. Since you have already chosen a career that aligns with your passions, seeking further knowledge and skills will actually be interesting. Failure to continuously keep learning and developing yourself will lead to career stagnation and eventually dissatisfaction with your career.