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How to Choose Your Dream Career

If you're looking for a career to throw yourself into or you're hoping to make an occupational change, it can be tough to know where to start.

Choosing a career path is a big deal and being content is as important as making money. In fact, if you're more content with your work, you're more likely to excel and increase your income as a result.

88% of U.S. employees reported overall satisfaction with their current role, marking the highest level of satisfaction over the last decade. That's a good sign, and it means that if you do move to a new organization, you have a fighting chance of being happy.

Anyhow, if you're doing a little vocational or occupational (we see it as the same thing) soul searching, here are a few things that will help you on your way...

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List your strengths

You can learn to do anything well if you put your mind to it, but we're sure you already have some talents that you'd like to make use of; talents that will prove valuable in your new career. Sit down in a relaxed environment and list all of your key strengths in order of competency or priority - you'll probably surprise yourself. Once you've noted all of your strengths, you'll be able to identify the industries where you can utilize effectively them in a work environment.

Share with others

Rather than contacting every recruitment agent under the sun or bombarding people with a fresh resume, talk to others that you care for and respect. Tell them about your quest to change career; outline your reasons for wanting to leave your current role, explain your interests, aspirations, dreams, goals, or anything else you might think is relevant. By communicating with loved ones, you'll not only unload some of your personal burdens and clear your head, but you'll also be surprised on the invaluable insights, advice, and possible contacts you might receive in the process.

Plan a day for yourself

Committing to a career or vocation is a big deal. Many think that the first thing you have to do when changing careers is dive straight into job listings and line up interviews, but haste won't fix the problem. Take a day off and do the things you like to do; relax, clear your head and think about what makes you happy at your own leisurely pace. By the end of the day, you will have cleared your mental obstacles, gained some perspective, and be in the right headspace to make some pretty important decisions.

Do what makes you happy

Okay, so life's not always ice cream and candy floss and you can't just so what you want all the time. But, striking the balance between passion and profit is the foundation of success. Think about a new vocation and if it's something you could see yourself doing in 10 years time - even if you've whittled it down to two industries - you've made progress. Then, explore your potential new vocation by reading up it. Check out insights including entry qualifications, median salaries, career paths, progression, and everything else you can. Then, take a course or two and delve dip your toe in the water to see if it really is for you.

Making a career decision isn't something to take lightly, but with careful consideration, you will be pursuing your shiny new career path in no time.

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