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Deciding What Career to Choose: How To Decide What To Do For A Living

By Randy Place

The most important question you can ask yourself is, “What do I want to do for a living?” Because you spend over 65% of your life

working, it’s a waste of time to work in a job you don’t like. That’s why you need to do what you love and love what you do.

Surveys show successful people like, even love, what they do. So you need to like your job in order to do it well.

How to do what you love

To do what you love is not always about instant gratification. The job you would love to do could be at the top of the latter. So you need to start at the bottom wrung and work your way up.

I was lucky. When I was growing up, I wanted to be a radio and TV announcer. Because TV was in it’s golden age, I walked into a local TV station, auditioned, and landed my dream job as an announcer and performer. Stations were looking for

announcers, performers, writers, and salespeople in those days. It’s a different story today, not only in broadcasting but also in most industries. Your first job might very well be

as an intern doing a grunge job. Eventually, you’ll work your way up to what you want to do – that job you love.

How to decide the most important question –

“What do I want to do for a living?”

1. You can begin to mull over this question: “What is it I want to do?” This can become your mantra, or focus in seated meditation. After mulling over this question for awhile, listen for answers, which are always inside you. It’s been my experience as a career coach that job candidates who tell me they don’t know what they want to do next, really do know. But the answer is locked inside of them. The job of a good career coach is to help them uncover the answer.

2. Take time to get away from it all in order to gain some perspective. Whenever I take a vacation, or even a short business trip, my problems rearrange themselves. I get perspective that’s not possible when I’m in the middle of the flow of events and decisions.

3. Observe your dreams, especially your daydreams that indicate what you are interested in doing.

4. Research what attracts you on the Web and in classified ads which are windows to the world of work and perhaps something you could be interested in perusing.

5. Save articles about jobs that might intrigue you. A pattern of your interests will emerge within a few months.

6. And watching TV doesn’t have to be a waste of time. As you watch your favorite movies, dramas, or situation comedies observe if there’s a character you identify with who is doing a job you’re attracted to. Some years ago, the first TV series about lawyers — “Paper Chase”– encouraged thousands of college graduates to go to law school

How to decide what to do for living? You can begin to answer this most important question right now, whether you’re going to school, working, or are unemployed. You can find the answer to the question, “What do I want to do for a living?” in the six steps, taking one step at a time.

Randy Place, a career management consultant in private practice, and Internet host of Your Career Service — http://www.yourcareerservice.com

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