These days it is a daunting situation for people looking for a job. You wonder if you ought to just settle for what comes along simply because you need a paycheck.
When you are living hand to mouth it is hard to get in the groove of figuring out what to do that you actually love. I mean for those right-brain artistic people, that may want to be actors and artists, you have the stigma of the ‘starving artist’ to begin with, and it is obviously worse in a world economy such as this. When we think of what we ‘want ‘to do the thought is pushed from our ‘practical’ minds as quickly as it entered. This happens by our own volition or by way of our families out of fear of what may happen and fear that we may fail miserably. This is true for women but still for men it’s a big issue and for those with family’s as well especially single parents.
Is anyone finding success at this?
The answer is yes and no. It really depends what you actually want to do. It also depends if there is still a market for it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of professions that have become obsolete since the economy became depressed. But there is a way to get around some of this and get a plan going that can give you a more solid and realistic look at what you are able to accomplish.
Steps to finding what job is best for you
- Assess your skills: Make sure you know what your skill level is at whatever trade you already have.
- Compare them to the market: The skills you may have possessed years ago may be obsolete now.
- Get the brush up: Now of course, further education doesn’t have to cost a lot and may not cost you at all. Here’s a tip, if you need office skills, go to a temp agency and sign up, it costs nothing and guess what? They give you all the updated office skills you need for free! They will test you out but don’t worry the score doesn’t go farther than the agency until you score your best. Why? It’s simple; you are a money maker for them if they have the best trained people to offer the companies that pay them to screen employees. So, you are killing two birds with one stone, with this process and you haven’t paid a dime!
- Assess why you want to have the career you want: This would be a last – ditch attempt to make sure you are going to go through what you need to do to get what you want so since things are twice as hard as they used to be it would be best to be sure you want what you think you want before you make the commitment of time or money.
- Take a personality test: As ridiculous as it may seem there are career personality tests on line that you can take that will assess what kind of job or career you may have and what you may be qualified for if by chance you aren’t sure what you want to do
A little more on personality
There are some countries in Western Europe that actually do personality tests and have for quite some time. They aren’t the same as what you see on line here, they are batteries of tests but they are meant to tell you what your career is meant to be. This is because you need to decide what your career will be in high school in countries like Germany. This is not a popular way of doing this in America as you well know, even college students change their major a dozen times before they make up their minds what to do. However there is an element of good in this. We can use this tool in our adult life to see where our career will fit into our development as people. We change and our interests change as well so the good news is there will always be a niche you can fit into.
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