What Job Is Right for You?

What Job is Right for You?

Since we spend a lot of time all our lives working, why take a job...any job...that doesn't suit us?

I've had several that I didn't like and even dreaded. I remember working for a company many years ago that I would have a headache everyday that I walked through the building! It was a combination of the work I did and the co-workers. I'm not big on gossiping and hanging out in the break room all day long. So, I ran into problems because I wouldn't play their game. I thank God that during that time, He was grooming me to become my own boss.

Even if you're working somewhere you don't like, you can take some positives. You might have to dig deep to find something to be grateful for, but remember in everything there is something good that comes out. But back to our subject...how do you pick the right job? One thing that I required to do on the last job I had right before starting my business and that was taking the Meyer-Briggs test. The company I was working for believed in fitting the right people for the right job. And knowing your own personality traits is a good place to start.

Know Thyself.

Find the Right Job for You

No matter whether you're working a paid job or a volunteer or internship, having the job qualifications isn't enough. You may have all the education, work experience, and knowledge but that doesn't mean your personality fits it. For example, you work as a receptionist for a law firm. You know how to answer phones, direct calls, and you have a pleasant voice and phone etiquette. You know how to greet visitors. But, do you enjoy talking to people?, even those who are not polite on the phone or in person? Can you handle multiple calls coming in at the same time without getting frustrated? Do you handle several projects simultaneously with ease without becoming overwhelmed and stressed out? If your answer is "no" to these questions, then this job would probably not be for you. I know in life sometimes you have to take a job to pay the bills. I'm not saying quit your job and become a beachcomber, what I am saying is it's not a selfish thing to want to do what you love for a living or even if you're semi-retired.

Where Do I Begin?

I would start by asking this question, "what do I like doing?" It should be something that doesn't even seem like work to you. You enjoy it and it may be working with animals or you could have had a long dream of being a cupcake baker. Whatever it is, pursue it. I actually changed my career path at age 30. I was always meant to be some kind of artist, but I didn't go to school for it. My mom pushed me to go to business college and learn secretarial skills. And while my typing skills kept me employed, I was never happy doing it. I wanted to create.

I'm Too Old to Change Career Paths Now

Hogwash! As long as you can work with reasonable health, you can change to do what you love. Now that you and I can learn and even earn a degree online, the world is our oyster so to speak! YouTube is also an excellent resource. Many, many experts have channels willing to teach and share their knowledge. It's where I've learned and excelled at crocheting and loom knitting. And even if you have all the skills but you need encouragement, let me say that only you can stop you. Sometimes we're surrounded by people, friends, even relatives that may not support you in the beginning. Maybe they don't think you're serious enough but if they see your hard work, diligence, and tenacity...many times they come around and even offer to help.

I know for me I'm very happy that I pursued what I love because even with the frustrations that do come with owning a business, I'm still fulfilled and content. The steps I took to change my career really worked out for me. In the end, I'm the one that has to live my life - no one else.

If you're interested in taking the Meyer-Briggs personality test, go to this link: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

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