How To Know You’re In The Right Career
Having a job and having a career are two entirely different things. If you have a job, it’s likely that you’ll be ready to leave at a moment’s notice as soon as something better comes along. It’s even possible that you know that this is not the place for you, but because any income is better than no income at all, you’re doing it anyway. A career, however, is something that you do because you want to. It’s something you do because you love it, and you know you can advance. Yet even when people have careers, there might still be something else out there – being content is not quite the same as being happy, and it’s being happy that we need to strive for. To get happiness when it comes to work, you need to be in the right career. So here are the signs to look out for to ensure you are.
When you’re in the right career for you, you’ll be good at what you do. Everyone has something that they excel in – maybe you already know what that is, maybe you’re still looking for it. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to find that thing as long as you continue to look, as it will help you find the right career for you. When you’re doing what’s right, it will feel almost effortless, as though you already knew much of the information you needed to instinctively. You won’t feel stressed, you won’t feel overwhelmed, you won’t feel worried that you’re doing a bad job – this is your vocation, and it’s what you need to do to be happy.
Second Best Is Not Good Enough
When you have chosen the right career for you, you won’t want to do anything that isn’t up to your highest standard. It’s about pride and love of the job – plus you want people to know how good you are at it. There won’t be any time for side projects or distractions (although a hobby or two, kept strictly to your downtime, is a good idea to keep your brain active or body healthy). The key to knowing that you’re in the right career is that you won’t let anything mean that you produce substandard work, no matter what. Yes, that may mean you’re something of a workaholic at times, but that’s just because you know what you’re doing is absolutely what you’re meant to be doing, and that’s exciting.
You Have Friends
One of the ways that you know you’ve found your ideal spot and perfect career is that you have friends at work. Colleagues don’t always make for good friends – you spend a lot of time with them, yes, but that doesn’t mean you have to like them, or that you have a lot (if anything other than you work in the same place) in common. However, if you’re in the right place, doing the best thing for you, you’re much more likely to think of your work colleagues as good friends. This makes going into work even easier because you will spend that time with people you genuinely like. It really can make all the difference to how you see your career.
You Can’t Imagine Doing Anything Else
Ask any group of people, and the majority will tell you that they daydream (possibly more than they should) about working somewhere other than where they are. That is not the sign of someone happy in their job; it’s not the sign of someone in the right career. If changing your career has never even entered your head, and you’re one of the few people who, if asked, would not be able to truthfully say you ever daydreamed about being elsewhere or doing something else, then you are in the right career. Your mind is at peace, your soul is happy, and there is nothing for you to daydream about because everything is as it should be.
You Are Acknowledged
If you’re trying your utmost and still don’t get any recognition from your superiors, colleagues, customers, and clients, then maybe it’s time to rethink your career. If you’re in the right career, you’ll have that praise and acknowledgment. Your boss will push you harder, ideally even offer helpful training such as cybersecurity awareness, and you’ll want to do your best. If not, there is no point in wasting your life doing the wrong thing. There isn’t enough time to tell yourself you’ll find a new career tomorrow, or next month or next year. You’ll just be miserable in the meantime. Why? If you’re miserable now and nothing looks set to change in your job, then changing the job itself is what you need to do.