“Finding a career doing something you love is never easy, but it can be done”
When choosing our careers, we all talk about having a job we love. But that’s easier said than done, right?
Even when you know you want to change your career, it’s easy to wonder: What, exactly, should I do next? Where do I even start looking?
In an aim to make your career choice a little easy, we’ve collated a number of jobs you can consider when you want to pursue a career you love.
If you often find yourself daydreaming about losing yourself in the streets of the world, then you probably have a serious case of wanderlust. And while it’s quite a mission to find a job that gives you the flexibility to travel, these jobs prove that it’s not impossible.
Import and export business
In today’s globalized world, you can import or export just about anything. Most import and export jobs are found in transportation, including logistics and aviation. To make a successful career in this field, you’ll have to be innovative and have a never give up attitude, but it will be worth all the hard work if you can make it work.
Government related position
If you want to travel but still have the security of a university qualification under your belt, consider studying towards a degree in International Relations. Thereafter, you can seek a government related position, for instance in international relations and cooperation.
If you dream of creating and tasting recipes, devouring everything gourmet and learning more about culinary processes, these jobs are likely to suit your passion for food.
A majority of a chef’s time is devoted to researching food trends, planning and creating menus, budgeting and financial planning as well as recruiting and hiring staff. As a chef, your skills will never become redundant as they’ll be plenty of job opportunities for you in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, clubs, catering companies, educational institutions – the list is endless.
Jobs for food scientists are generally concerned with researching things such as food safety, processing and preservatives. As a food scientist you’ll find yourself working in either in labs at universities, food manufacturing and retail companies and in government organisations.
If you’d prefer to spend the whole day on your couch watching Animal Planet than going into the office, perhaps it’s time you turned your love for animals into a full time job. Consider these career paths.
Whether you’d like to become a small animal veterinarian who works with dog and cats or a large animal veterinarian who assists with farm animals, a career as a veterinarian will allow you to protect and help animals against disease and injuries.
Whether it’s the fun, the challenge or the complete thrill you get from playing a game, these jobs will allow you to combine your love for gaming with a career.
Video game designers develop the creative aspects of video games, including the characters, the plot and the gameplay elements. Your job will be to identify various types of designers, including the lead designer, who is in charge of the design team. The lead designer conducts meetings to brainstorm new ideas, and also handles team assignments and schedules.
Video programmers have the best of both worlds: an amazing work environment and great pay. Programmers use various computer languages to create video games. They are responsible for writing lines codes that that determine how a game is going to work.
Not everyone has a knack or true liking for working with people. If you’re really a people person, it’s possible to incorporate your extroverted and caring personality into your work life.
A career in teaching will expose you to daily interactions with students, teachers and school administrators. As a teacher you’ll have to be likeable, open, communicative and caring.
Public Relations Manager
With a career in public relations you’ll never be bored. From social media marketing to event planning, to media training and beyond, the creative and strategic work you might do will keep you on your toes. As a public relations manager you’ll be in charge of attending and setting up press campaigns. You’ll also have to respond to media requests and to network as much as possible.
Courtesy of Careers24
Want to Find Your Purpose?
Stop Looking for It. Start Living With It
We live in a society where we’re bombarded with stimulus. Now more than ever before, we’re plugged into a rapidly evolving wired world. The dings, rings and buzzes that emanate from our smartphones seem to only stop when we forget to recharge.
But in those rare quiet moments, we hear this internal voice telling us that life is supposed to be about more than just accumulating “stuff,” achieving professional success and enjoying the moment. Life is supposed to have some deeper meaning or purpose.
But, how do you find your purpose?
The quest to fill the void with a greater purpose is compelling. It sells books, seminars, and movies. It has been dramatized to such an extent that people are figuratively on the floor searching in the dark for the key that will unlock the secret to life contentment, purpose and happiness.
But they never seem to find it. And you know why? Because they’re looking in all the wrong places.
1. Stop looking for it. Start living with it.
- This may sound counterintuitive, but if you want to find your purpose, the first step is to stop looking for it. That’s right. Get off your hands and knees. Stop thinking — and over-thinking — about why you are here.
- You’ll never really know. We may get some clues about our place in the world, but full-on knowledge of why we are here might just be reserved for the afterlife. More importantly, trying to find your purpose has an inherent risk — you’re assuming it’s all about you.
- You ask yourself, “What is my purpose that will help me feel fulfilled on a deeper level?” But here is the problem with this line of thought: Meaning and purpose come when we focus on others — not on ourselves.
- If you really want to achieve your potential and live a more meaningful life, stop searching for purpose and start living with purpose.
2. Ask yourself: ‘What am I needed for?’
Instead of concerning yourself with what you need or what you want, ask yourself: “What am I needed for?”
If you really want to make a change in this world, reflect on what’s motivating you. Do you want to be the hero? If the answer is yes, then you are destined for misery. You won’t find meaning helping others if you’re really just trying to feel good or further your own interests. It’s not about what you need. The question is — what is needed from you?
The good news is that you don’t need to search very far. Opportunities are right in front of you — start with your friends, family and community. Within your grasp are people in need. Start asking what you can do for them.
But here is the nuance that often trips people up. I’m not suggesting that you ask what is needed. There could be a security issue, but you may not be a police officer. There may be a health risk, but you may not be a doctor. You can’t solve a problem you are not qualified to fix.
Instead, ask what you are needed for. What unique contribution can you bring to those in need? Identify the talents and interests that will allow you to be helpful and make an impact.
3. Take action steps
- Your purpose relates to your talents, but you can’t think your way to living with purpose. You don’t find your purpose by listening to an inspirational audio series or contemplating philosophy on a mountain-top retreat. You find it in action.
- Just like exercise, you have to start somewhere. Find or create an opportunity to contribute, volunteer, open a business or take on additional responsibilities. Doing things to uniquely contribute to those around you should be part of your routine.
- Without a concrete and sustainable action plan, the inspiration you’re feeling now will eventual fizzle, and you’ll wind up feeling empty and unsatisfied again. You don’t need to start big — but you do need to get started. Find a way you can give your time and your talent to others on an ongoing basis. Once a week? Fine. Once a month? That’s a start.
4. Review where you stand
You won’t know where you stand without regular self-reflection. Every night, review what you did and ask yourself: Was that the best use of my time? Can I do more? Did I do too much? Can I delegate this, or should I spend more time doing it myself? Now you are learning by doing. That’s how you live with purpose.
In truth, you don’t just have one purpose. You have many. As you evolve, so will your purpose. When you were 15, your purpose may have been related to school, friends and parents. At 35, it could be attached to your spouse or child.
When you live your life asking what you are needed for, you adapt, change and grow. Along the way, you are able to contribute yourself to others — the ultimate purpose. Over time, you will gain insight into your unique purposes and better understand the things that only you can contribute.
In the end, whether you can pinpoint your purpose or not, you will have spent the better portion of your life helping others and living with purpose — which is always more more valuable than finding it.
Courtesy of www.entreprenuer.com