Finding Your Ideal Career – Find Employment Worldwide
In the current
climate, many people are looking away from the traditional job market
towards working for themselves. The massive redundancies and
job-insecurity has caused many people to radically rethink their
With the ever rising cost of living, many would be happy just earning
extra money to support their family and to pay the bills.
In this article, you
will discover what you really enjoy in life and how to turn it into a
and perhaps even a full-time career. Your only limitations are those
you impose upon yourself! At the very least, what you learn will help
you to be happier with your current job.
First of all, a
little exercise to get you started. Make a list of everything and
anything you really enjoy and are passionate about. This can be
anything at all, from playing with Lego through to planning projects
or programming in Cobol. Write down everything you think of, no
matter how silly or pointless you think it may be. They are all
important and must be included on your list.
Go through the list
and ask yourself whether you truly are passionate about each one. Ask
the question, If someone offered to pay me to do this, would I be
happy? If you would not, then cross it off your list.
Look at each item on
your list and ask yourself what you enjoy about it? You may enjoy the
peace and tranquillity of gardening, or the fast paced life style of
project management. Write this down too by each item.
The why you enjoy it
is very important because it gives you an insight into your inner
workings. When you understand what it is that you enjoy about
something, you can look at applying that quality specifically to your
life and current job to improve your happiness. If you like peace and
tranquillity but your job is hectic, you could take time out for a
walk in a park or to meditate to bring into your job peace and
tranquillity. You could make sure you take a lunch break and switch
off your phone.
Once you have
identified the things you are passionate about, write down next to
each one how much time a month you currently spend doing them. You
may love surfboarding but only manage to go once a month or you may
be passionate about cooking yet have to live on fast food because of
From now on, make
to yourself to spend time doing the things you are passionate about
every single month. You will find that not only does your level of
happiness improves, but your energy increases and life feels so much
better because you are doing things that you love.
Carry your list
around with you for at least a fortnight, adding to it each time you
think of something you are passionate about. Then repeat the process
above for each new item, analysing it and understanding what it is
you like about it.
Do you have what
current job situation, working for yourself can be a very appealing
option. But the question is, do you have what it takes to work for
yourself? Not everyone does, but the good news is that the necessary
skills can be learnt by anyone.
To successfully work
for yourself you need to have all of the following skills to some
degree. The better you are at each skill, the more chance you have of
being successful on your own.
You must be able to motivate yourself and to not rely on others to
push you along. When you work for yourself, there is no boss telling
you what you need to do, when you need to do it by, and providing you
support and guidance when you need it. You are the boss! Working for
yourself, it is all your responsibility. If you cannot take the
responsibility, then you are best off staying in employment.
You must believe in yourself and in your business and or product. It
is very difficult to do well at something you do not fully believe
in. Your belief and passion about what you do comes across to your
customers. This has a positive effect in building their confidence
and in turn, your business. Before starting any business or selling
any product ask yourself if you believe in the product and business.
It is important to spend time developing yourself and increasing your
skills. Many technical people forget to develop soft skills, and vice
versa. Aim to attend at least two courses or workshops a year. Also
regularly read relevant books to develop these skills. You have to
stay one step ahead of the competition in order to be a phenomenal
You must be determined to succeed and not to give up. There are times
when it will be tough, but you are the boss and the one solely
responsible for making it good again. You may get knocked back on
occasion, but a true success just keeps on going in the face of
Working for yourself does not mean you will be locked in a room
alone. You will often have to interact with other people; your
customers. Good inter-personal skills will make this experience more
rewarding and help you get the best from people. They will help
ensure you have a successful business.
Both written and spoken communication skills are important. Often in
the market place today, words are the key to the success of your
business. Therefore, spend time developing your skills in this area -
it will pay you back many fold to do so.
How many of the
above skills do you currently have? Do you feel you are weak in any
of these areas? If so, then strengthen them by attending courses or
reading some relevant books. Being strong in all the above areas is
not necessary for personal success, but will help to make it much
Look at the list of
things you are passionate about, and think about how the above skills
can be applied to and compliment these.
Now, back to the
list of things you are passionate about. Take a new sheet of paper
and write the first item on your list at the top of this new paper.
Underneath it, brainstorm all the jobs you can think of that involve
your passion. Let your imagination run riot and be as creative as you
can. Each item you have written down offers you many possibilities.
Also use the reasons
the item to help in this exercise.
Using gardening as
an example, you could write down: gardener, author, teacher, TV
presenter, landscape designer, tree doctor, and farmer, park ranger,
and so on, just to mention a few.
Still on the same
item from your list, write down all the ways you can think of to make
money from it.
With our gardening
example this may be growing and selling plants or vegetables, or
doing gardening for people in your neighbourhood. There are of course
many other opportunities here. Be creative and imaginative and think
outside of your normal box.
Look at all these
ways of making money and note the ones you can start right now and
ones that you would really like to do. Perhaps you could start on one
or two of these now, whilst still working in your current job.
Repeat the above
exercise for each item that is on your list. Over the next few weeks
keep adding to these lists. This exercise stimulates your mind to be
creative, which results in creating many more great ideas often when
you least expect it, so make sure you write them all down.
The results of these
exercises will be a list of what you enjoy doing, why you enjoy doing
and a list of possible
and money making opportunities that you would gain pleasure from. You
do not have to make a massive move and quit your job right now. You
can take your time, and slowly begin building your own business, or
just earn a bit of extra money to help pay the bills whilst keeping
your current job. You can also use this list to determine what career
is best for you and begin planning a move to this new career.
Ask yourself the
question, If I could do anything at all, what would it be? The answer
to this question will help you determine which of the items on your
list to pursue first. It is important not to spread yourself too
thinly otherwise you may find that nothing ever gets done. Once you
have decided which way to go you must do a goal setting exercise and
work out your route to your target.
passion means living life to the full. It means waking up each
morning and looking forward to working. It means more energy, more
fun and feeling
Sadly today many of us are working jobs we would rather not be doing.
Perhaps it is time that you took advantage of the shifting economy
and lived your passion instead of dreaming it?