It seems that career choice, career change, either forced or self-imposed, is always a timely topic. Some important questions to consider include: Can you incorporate your passion into your work life? Would you like to pursue another line of work? Are you burnt out? Are you bored? Would you like to start your own business?
Below are some tips on choosing/changing a career:
- Have a vision of what you need to do now. Think in terms of multiple streams of income. You might consider temporary work or other types of freelance projects. You can still work in your current job, as you explore other options.
- It’s important to remember that every experience you have will help you. Even if you aren’t in an ideal situation right now, you can always use your education and skills. You haven’t wasted your time. More experience opens up more options, and you never know when you can use something you’ve learned.
- If you’re unemployed or under-employed, work through anxiety by seeking professional help. Put some joy in your life, rather than turning your situation into a catastrophe. Accept your circumstance, and work with it the best way you can.
- Use your highly sensitive intuition to guide you to your best career possibilities. If you have an idea on a career, even if it seems odd or like a long shot, don’t immediately discount it. Consider all options, and follow your gut feelings. You can narrow your choices later.
- Define who you are, and who you aren’t. Identify your skills and interests. This is important information to know about yourself. Write this information down, and add to it over time. Embark on a journey of self- discovery.
- If you want to start a business venture, consider partnering your services with someone else, so that you can cross promote each other. Getting customers can be a big challenge in the beginning, so “partnering up” can be a great way to build momentum.
- If you decide to start a business and are having trouble affording certain things you need, look for opportunities to barter. For example, you may need graphic design or marketing help to get the word out, but you can’t afford these services until you make some sales. Do you have things that you can offer to someone else in exchange for something you need?
- Think about re-educating yourself by taking online and in-person classes. Are their qualifications that you are lacking in order to pursue your dream job?
- Research the types of jobs that you may be interested in. Learn the tasks involved, salary ranges, and the types of qualifications you’ll need. If you know someone in a career that piques your interest, contact them, and set up a time to talk. You can learn more about the job and possibly get advice or leads.
- Think through, and write down your values. Include things that are extremely important to you. For highly sensitive people especially, jobs are more than just paychecks and accomplishments. It’s important that our work has meaning and fits in with our values.
- List the factors that have kept you from moving toward your dream career. Come up with a plan to overcome your roadblocks.
Possible HSP Careers include:
Accountants, lawyers, architects (building and landscape), researchers, writers, event planners, statisticians, engineers, graphic designers, web designers, social media professionals, efficiency experts, musicians, artists, nurses and healthcare professionals, teachers, energy healers, massage therapists, life coaches, information specialists such as librarians, pet groomers, pet sitter or walker, florists, bakers, photographers, members of the clergy, craft persons, sculptors, horticulturists, social work, physical therapists, working in non-profit organizations, volunteer work, and virtual assistants.
The benefits of self-employment— Flexibility in schedule and environment. Unlimited income. You don’t have to deal in office politics. You can do work that is meaningful to you. You can conduct business in the way that you’re comfortable with. You don’t have to deal with ethics challenges.
Downside of self-employment—It can be a lonely existence. You take all the risk. You must be self-motivated. You have to be able to ride out the highs and lows. You can’t be easily discouraged. You might not get the feedback that you desire.
What are your thoughts about choosing a career? I’m interested in any ideas or comments that you have.
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