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Feel Lost on Your Career Path? Here’s What You Can Do!

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Not sure which direction to go in in terms of your career? Picking the right job for you might feel like one of the most stressful tasks you’ve ever had to deal with. But, there is hope and help out there. Career complications can be overcome, just make sure you consider all of the tips below before making a final choice.

Consider the work environment

One important consideration for those who are feeling lost career-wise is the work environment. Work environments can really shape your mood from day to day. Do you need social interaction throughout your day to feel happy? If so, you may want to avoid careers that focus heavily on independent work. Instead, seek out careers that generally have opportunities for collaboration. Conversely, if you’re someone who really enjoys solo work, research careers that will give you time to complete independent work.

Think about the lifestyle you want

Another important thing to look into is the lifestyle you’re aiming for. Do you want to be wealthy and living in the city always? Or would you perhaps prefer a quieter life with access to nature? These are all key parts of your lifestyle, and the career you choose will impact that lifestyle.

Location 

When struggling to choose a career, try to consider where you’d like to live first. If you know you’re someone who loves living in urban centers, then avoid jobs that could be found largely in rural areas. For example, many environmental science jobs are found outside metropolitan areas in nature-filled areas. If you love nature and quiet life, this is great! But, if not it could be a nightmare career for you. So, really think about what locations you enjoy living in, and base your career choice on that.

Salary 

Another important piece for you could be the salary. If you’re looking to live relatively cheaply, this may not be as important, but if you’re thinking of having kids or just want to have extra money for yourself, be sure to research salaries. This can be done on websites such as Glassdoor or Payscale.

Figure out what you NEED in your life

Understanding your necessities and priorities is a big part of making career decisions. If you know you need to be doing work that is helping people in order to feel fulfilled, look into jobs of that nature. This could lead you to careers in healthcare or anywhere in the non-profit sector. Or, perhaps you know your motivation comes from profit only. Then, you could be better in a sales or marketing type career instead.

Or, perhaps you know that you need a career that isn’t routine. It would be your worst nightmare to do the same thing over and over for 8 hours a day. Knowing this, try to search for careers that allow you to mix up your days. This could be in science, where maybe some days you spend time in the lab, but others you present findings to decision-makers. Conversely, if you enjoy order and routine, look for careers of that nature instead.

Don’t rush into anything

Career complications are hard to solve, so don’t rush it. Rushing into something could result in you entering a career you end up strongly disliking. So, take the time to think about what you’re looking for in a career and do some thorough research before making any final decisions. This will minimize the risk fo you choosing something you may not like.

Feeling lost about your career is a stressful feeling. It’s probably one of the worst career complications out there. You can get through it! Do your best to focus less on the career itself, and think about what you want to get out of the career, whether that’s a certain lifestyle, a great group of co-workers, or maybe a sense of fulfillment. Taking a step back and really thinking it through before making a final choice is key!

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