Finding the Right Job For You

How would you define a "right" job? A right job is something that you

– Enjoy doing

– Are good at

– Can make a decent (or perhaps even extraordinary) living with.

Please examine your current job – does it satisfy all the three criteria? If yes, you are really lucky;) Look closer though. Do you think there is possibility that there is some other job which may be even more right for you? (I am talking about another workplace – I am taking about another job). If you feel like there could not be a better job for you than your current one, then congratulations! You can now check out some other article since this one obviously is not for you. 🙂

If you are still with me, then you probably would like to find out how to identify what it is that you can do which you enjoy, you are good at and makes you money. Here's how.

The Aptitude Test:

First of all, make a list of things you REALLY love to do. These are the things you would do without anyone forcing you to do it, and then really enjoy it as well. List them all one by one, however fleeting an interest it may be, even if you do not consider yourself very good at it. Writing, speaking, swimming, gardening, dancing, helping others, teaching, music, programming, cooking, blogging, video games, astrology – anything at all. Write down at least 10 things you really like to do.

The Talent Test:

Now make a new list of all things you are good at – it may be excellent at, very good at, good at or just above average at. They do not have to be things you actually like (although you can of course write things you do like) – they just have to be something you can do. Cooking, cycling, dancing, singing, writing, acting, puzzles, blogging, bungee jumping – anything at all. List at least 10 things.

The Inventory Test:

This time you want to focus on what you already do – whether or not you like doing it. This list must be divided into two columns, one titled "activities" and the next titled "skills". For the first column, you need write down the Activities that you already perform or have performed with some success in the past. If you are a want to-be rock chick who is currently waitressing, then waitressing goes into this list. And anything else as well that you do at least as a hobby or part-time work, like baby-sitting, programming, writing, cooking, dancing etc. Leave the second column, titled "skills", empty for now.

The Reality Test:

Now you want to find out what are the "right" jobs for you. First of all, take the list you obtained after the aptitude test and the list that you obtained after the talent test.

Look closely through them – do you see any items that are in common in both lists? If yes, make a third list with two columns. In the first column, write down these intersecting items. These are the things that you love to do and are good at. But can you make a living with them? Let us find out.

Now in the second column, against each item, write down the skills you would need for it. Write down ALL the skills. Like for instance, do not just write "technical knowledge" if the item is "programming," write the other related skills as well – communication skills, good pressure tolerance, documentation skills, strong reasoning and logical ability etc. Likewise, you can find a set of related skills for each item in this list.

Once this is done, you can leave this list alone for now, and take up the list you got after your Inventory Test. In the second column "skills", write down the skills you have already acquired from your current job and past jobs. This time also, write down all the related skillset you might have subconsciously picked up while at your job – perhaps your waitressing job gave you a good temper control, for instance?

The Analysis:

Now that you know the skills you have, and the skills you need for each possible job, figure out which job is right for you. Even if a job may seem too unrealistic, do not give up yet. How many of the requisite skills do you already have? How can you learn the skills you do not have? Would you need to educate yourself with something? Do you know anyone in that career who can give you an opening at least as a temp? Are you in a position in life where you can take this up full-time immediately, or would you have to take it up part-time and see where it goes, before you quit your day job? What are the opportunities around you – like local Toastmasters club if you want to develop public speaking skills – which you could use to your advantage? What is the risk involved? How great do you feel when you visualize having this job? What are the pros and cons?

The Verdict:

Do this analysis for each potential job, and find out which one seems the most practical job for you. Once you have narrowed down this list to 2 or 3 jobs, think of ways in which this could be profitable. Really educate yourself on its marketability and your shot at it. Is there no demand for it? Is there too much competition? Ask yourself, "What is that Unique value that I can bring into this job if I go for it?"

When you have this list, you can start preparing to actually have it! Educate yourself, take it up part-time, learn new skills, keep an eye open for opportunities – and very soon you will find yourself working at your dream job! Good Luck!