How To Know If You are Headed on the Right Career Path? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Written by Steve Paul



A recent study conducted by TimesJobs survey on over 1,100 working professionals shows that 8 in 10 employees are dissatisfied with their jobs.


Only when you question yourself, you will be able to embrace yourself with a career that awaits you. This dance that we all do between finding work that we love and finding work that aligns with who we are is what I want to talk about today.

"Every moment is the right moment for taking the right decision and the right action."


What Will This Article Cover?


If you lack a bit of direction, if you feel like you need to have it all figured out, don't worry because you don't have to. All you need is a bit more clarity to help you unlock your authentic career.

This article focuses on five basic yet thought-provoking questions that will enable you to do more of what you are and not just what you love.


1. Have you found your IKIGAI?



IKIGAI (pronounced Ick-ee-guy) is a Japanese concept that means 'a reason for being' or 'reason to jump out of bed every morning.'

It's an amalgamation of four essential factors viz

ü What you love (Your Passion)

ü What the world needs (Your Mission)

ü What are you good at (Your Vocation)

ü What you can get paid for (Your Profession)

Studies have proven that discovering your Ikigai can bring happiness, fulfillment, and make you live longer.

It doesn't matter how old you are, find your Ikigai, and pursue it with all you have; anything less is not worth your limited time on planet earth.

2. What is My Personality?


Are you someone who is comfortable working a routine 9 to 5 job with minimal risk, or do you plan to start a business venture and master your own time?

The way you think, behave, and feel talks a lot about your personality, which plays a vital role in determining the career you want to pursue.

Are you a creative soul who wants to brainstorm ideas, come up with better mousetraps, change the way this world is functioning, or do you prefer the introvert, simple, cooperative, structured and routine role?

It all boils down to your vision and personality, do you see yourself as a leader competing with others, or are you comfortable with the 45 hours weekly lifestyle.

It's wonderful to operate on autopilot, but that shouldn't stop you from making a good living, sharpening your skills, and enhancing your personality.


3. You love the question, "So, what do you do?"


Let's address the elephant in the room, how many of us feel excited when asked: "So, what do you do?" - Only a handful!!!

Where does our facial charm disappear, and why are we finding ways to get over this topic quickly? That's because we don't consider our jobs fulfilling enough to share it with others.

It's rightly said, "Do what you love, Love what you do." When you figure out a career that aligns with these principles, your face will light up because you want everyone around you to know your vision and see life the way you see it.

When you are part of an organization that values your skills and pushes you regularly to deliver on something worthwhile, it creates a feeling of self-worth, which makes us want to constantly deliver and make a difference.

4. Do you want your boss's job?


You could be sailing on either of these boats – 'Your boss's job seems like a nightmare to you' or 'You wish you get that role someday.'

But when your boss's gig is making you go green with envy, it's a sign you are on the right track.

Let's look at the more comprehensive picture when you aspire to wear the shoes of someone at a superior position; it means the organization and work culture are in sync with what your career aspirations are.

You get clarity on the long-term perks and are willing to undertake responsibilities that drive you to keep contributing towards your goal.

It doesn't matter which field you choose as long as you feel your work is challenging and rewarding.

When you think with this perspective, your job starts to feel more like a career, and it’s an indication that you're heading in the right direction.

5. Is everything falling into place?


When Sundays aren't sad anymore, Monday blues was a thing of the past and most importantly when your job and employer align with your short- and long-term career goals, it's a no-brainer you are living a life that others can only dream of.

Work doesn't feel like work anymore; there is a sense of balance between your work, social and family life.

Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Everyone wants to hustle and get ahead in the corporate rat race. Still, we need to understand jobs are ultimately not just about money; it's about the value we as individuals bring to the table, it's about growing and becoming better versions of ourselves.

Wrapping Up…


The 'Perfect job for Everyone' doesn't exist. Examine your current situation, reflect on your long-term and short-term vision, ponder on your career aspirations and most importantly listen to your inner voice.

If you open your emotional backpack and question yourself, you will unlock your authentic career!! And that's when everything will start falling into place.


"Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it."



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