Identifying Your Ideal Job is Key to Have a Happier Professional Future

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”

By Toni Morrison.

Are you thinking about changing your job or would you like to change your profession but do not know how to identify exactly what you would like to do?

Some steps that may help you to make this difficult decision are the following:

Visualize your ideal work.

Think what it is you could be doing every day, every hour. Think in general terms and include your interests and hobbies. Take time only to write down the words that describe your personality and the work of your dreams. What would you do if the money did not matter? Once you have done this, analyze if there are recurring themes that could be joined. For example, if you like everything related to food and public relations maybe a high-end catering company could be an ideal job for you. Or, for example, you love writing about celebrities and about fashion; Then you go further and ask yourself if what you like about it is to research and document about the topic or if you like to be where the action is. These types of questions can help you to see if you should explore jobs like a reporter or, on the contrary, you prefer to be a journalist for a digital fashion magazine.

It is not easy to get to this point because we often do not know what our personality is and we can feel blocked. It is for this reason that I recommend doing a personality test called Myers-Briggs. The results of the test tell you what personality you have and can also help you to define in which jobs and areas of your life you can feel more aligned with your way of being. It is liberating and an ideal starting point for when we consider who we are and what we want to do with our lives. Very often people are developing in areas that are not aligned with our personality and this creates imbalance and unhappiness.

Talk to someone who knows you and really loves you

We all have a family member or friend who knows us very well. It is important that it is someone who really knows you, with whom you have shared many things in your life and with whom you have opened emotionally and have always told how you feel, etc. It does not make sense for someone from a very specific environment to join you with a more “superficial” friendship. I encourage you to meet with this person and ask him what qualities and skills he/she sees in you; together you can do a brainstorming of possible jobs that would be good for you depending on your way of life.

Talk to different people and investigate

In addition to doing the work of introspection, you should also explore and investigate a variety of careers by talking to people about their jobs and experiences. This can help you discover a world of professions and jobs that you had not even considered that could exist. It is also a great way to see which of the professions you explore could be a good option for you. Internet is a gold mine to find useful information about all the jobs you consider interesting. Search online and learn everything you can about the paths that interest you and the types of people who are most successful there. Do not hesitate to contact the people you find that have a job that you like or that catches your attention; Call them, send them an email or a card telling them that you are impressed with their career or their work and that you would like to be able to meet them to know more about their profession, their career, how they have arrived, etc.

Acquire some skills along the way

Once you have a clear map of what you really want to do, make sure you are qualified for it. Make a list of all the things you may ultimately need to include in your resume. Mark the skills and characteristics that you can already demonstrate, and then start making a plan for the rest. For more complex skills or technical knowledge, look for workshops and classes where you can learn, or consider if you need or want to receive studies on the subject. Even if you are not sure if that is the ideal job, you may discover new things along the way and between them you will finally find your ideal job.