Aug 23, 2018 - 03:39 AM
Oct 02, 2018 - 01:15 PM
Finding direction in your career can be tough, and it can take some time. Almost everyone feels a little bit lost at some point in their careers. A good first step for finding direction involves making a list of your skills and interests, and then doing a little research on which professions align with your skills and interests.
Another good step for finding direction is by researching job descriptions online. You don’t have to search by job title. You can search by job function. Look for jobs that use transferable skills that you have. Then, research companies that you like that are close to where you live. You can also find listings online for the best places to work, or the largest employers, or the most reputable employers.
From your research, create a list of jobs and companies that you’d like to learn more about. Then, use LinkedIn to look for people who work for these companies and who do these jobs. Look for common connections—that is, friends who are connected in some way to the people who work at jobs/companies that you’re interested in. Ask for introductions, or reach out to these people directly. Ask the people you reach out to for a brief phone meeting to ask more questions about their job. It’s often called an informational interview, but you should call it a networking meeting to avoid confusion.
Talking with people who do jobs that are different than yours will give you a lot of insight into your future career. You will quickly be able to see what you would like to learn even more about – and what you definitely don’t want to do.
Above all, get out and talk to people. It is very difficult to learn what your future career should be just by sitting at home and reviewing jobs online.