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How do you know when you’re on the right career path?

Many of my clients initially come to me because they’re not sure if they’re on the right career path.
First off – if you’re asking that question, it means that you’re feeling like there’s something missing in your current career path. You’re not fully fulfilled.

If you were happy with the path you were on, and if you felt like everything was on track and in line with your future ambitions, then that question wouldn’t be coming up at all.

The fact that it’s present in your mind is a good indication that there’s a problem you need to address. However, these things aren’t always so black and white. While on the surface things might be bad, on a deeper level you could actually be on the right path, and all that’s necessary is a few changes. The opposite can also be true – you could be happy on a surface level, while on a deeper level you’re on the wrong career path.

So how do you know?

One of the most important factors to having a deeply rewarding career is an inner sense of Career-fulfilment.
It doesn’t matter how much money you’re earning or what position you hold – unless you feel fulfilled, you will feel stressed, bored, and drained.

In order to reach this state, you need to be doing a job that is aligned with your core values and personal beliefs, as well as utilising your abilities to the fullest. When you achieve this, work stops feeling like a chore and becomes genuinely enjoyable.

In fact, your job becomes something that you could do all day – time just passes by, and at the end of the day, you’ll still have the energy for all the other aspects of your life, such as your family, significant other, and even hobbies and leisure time.

When you’re on the wrong career path, time seems to drag on, and minutes feel like hours. You feel exhausted and stressed out might even find yourself venting out to your spouse, children or other colleagues. That’s a key sign that your career satisfaction isn’t there.

Still not sure? Here’s a simple test.

Can you imagine doing what you’re doing now for the next 2-3 years and be happy?

A huge factor in being fulfilled that you need to consider is if your job lined up with your future goals.

If you can imagine yourself doing the same job for years to come, it’s a good indication that you’re on the right track.

If thinking about this starts to make you depressed, anxious or uncertain, that’s a good indicator that you’re not on the right career path.

At the risk of overusing a cliché, I want to make it clear that there truly is no better time than now to start to start to explore possible career pathways – particularly if the one you’re in now doesn’t satisfy you.

You should be finding new and exciting ways to challenge yourself and grow.

Many people feel like once they’ve somewhat established their career path, they need to stay on that path no matter what.

The word ‘career’ originates from French and Latin word which means Road or Racecourse, and you have the power to change the course that you’re on.

 

Until next time,
Thai Ngo.

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