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How to figure out your dream job

1. Look at your strengths

Write a list of what you’re really, really good at. It is possible to be good at anything if you put your mind to it, but what you’re already good at and what you enjoy doing should be indicative of a future career.

Take some time and have a go of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test

2. Look at what’s worked and hasn’t worked for you

Answer these questions about every place you’ve worked:

  • What did I like the most and least about the company?
  • What did I like the most and least about company culture?
  • What did I like most and least about my manager?
  • What did I like most and least about the people I worked with?
  • What was the most challenging thing about working there?
  • When was I the happiest or the proudest?
  • What was my biggest accomplishment?
  • What did I like the most and the least about my responsibilities?

This doesn’t mean you have to keep doing the work you’ve always done, but it can help sort out what worked and what didn’t work for you in the past.

3. Find out what your potential job is like day-to-day

Talk to as many people as possible about this potential new job. Look on mygwork or LinkedIn and read the descriptions of what they do. Don’t settle on the idealised version of a job, find out what it entails.

4. Try something completely different

Throw yourself in the deep end, take some classes, workshops, watch YouTube videos or tutorials, you might find something you didn’t expect.

5. Do what you find fun, not what impresses others

Don’t go after the job with the most prestige, or that will impress the most people at parties. After all, it’s you who has to do this job every day. Figure out what makes you happy, and what you’d do for free.

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