7 Signs You Have Found Your Ideal Career

7 Signs You Have Chosen Your Ideal Career

 

Having a career you love is extremely important. After all, most full-time employees spend more of their waking hours with co-workers than they do with their families.

 

Your career choice determines many aspects of your life, and the direction it will take.

 

What you do for a living can dictate:

  • How successful you are
  • How happy you are on a day-to-day basis
  • Whether you live a good, bad, or indifferent life

 

An ideal career should be something you would choose to do even if you weren’t getting paid for it!

 

The Perfect Career

 

We spend a great deal of time talking about the negative aspects of our careers, such as when it’s time to leave, workplace conflict, or if you might be getting fired. What we fail to do, however, is identify the positive aspects of our careers.

 

Many people simply don’t know how to identify what a “Dream Job” would be. So, we at The Resilient Recruiter have compiled a list of characteristics you should look for to identify your ideal career!

 

You know you have chosen the right career if the following is true:

 

     1. You look forward to Mondays.

Many of us know what the “Sunday Night Blues” are. You have a sense of dread that comes over you, knowing that you are one step closer to Monday. Not true if you have your dream job! Sure – we all need a little downtime to spend with friends and family, but you look forward to getting back at it on Monday, and making your week as productive as possible.

 

2. Your work is rewarding.

 

You are just as excited about your work as you are about the money. The work you are doing – regardless of your industry or occupation – is challenging and satisfying. You overcome any obstacles with ease, because you enjoy it, not because it is part of your job. You care about the company and those around you.

 

     3. You feel you are an important element to the company’s goals.

 

Whether you are at a large or small company, you feel that your job, your department, your input matters. You are aligned with the company’s goals, and make decisions as if it is your company. Even if the company is small, you see your opportunities for growth – even if they don’t involve a specific title. You see the opportunity to evolve as a professional, and that itself excites you.

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4. The work day flies by.

 

When you are doing something you love, you aren’t constantly watching the clock. Meetings are important and engaging, not boring and time consuming. You delve into projects with intent, and before you know it, it’s time to go home. You work well with your colleagues and your customers. Even if there are issues or disagreements, you work through them because you genuinely care about one another.

 

5. You spend your free time thinking about (or doing) work-related activities.

 

Whether it is reading the latest business strategy book, researching new analysis methods, or learning new software languages, you find yourself spending your free time improving yourself as a professional, rather than binge-watching Netflix or playing video games. And you are doing it because you want to, not because your boss told you to. You want to be the best at what you do, and take it upon yourself to do so.

 

6. That nagging sense of worry has disappeared.

 

When you are dialed into to a genuine “career”, you feel a sense of control over your life. The underlying feelings of fear and insecurity that many adults are plagued with disappears, because you have found meaning – and with it, a sense of stability. Your underlying thoughts have now been replaced with goals – both personal and professional, and you strive to achieve them.

 

7. You feel balanced.

 

You have negated the toxic habits of life, and have achieved a sense of balance – between work, family, and community/spiritual involvement. It has taken a great deal of perfecting, but you have found time for each in your life. Granted, the needs of each of these elements will ebb and flow over time, and will consistently need to be revisited, but you define time to satisfy and nurture each of them.

 

Where Do You Start if You Want to Find Your Ideal Career?

 

You are either nodding in agreement with the above items, or are asking “where do I start to find my ideal career?” The first step is to truly understand what you enjoy doing. We have found a couple of resources that we will share with you.

 

The first is a free Career Test from Live Career. They offer a variety of services for job seekers, including the career test.

 

The other is called SDS or Self-Directed Search, but costs about $9.95 per user. The SDS is a career assessment and exploration tool that matches your aspirations, activities, and talents to the career choices and educational opportunities that fit you best.

 

How did you find your ideal career? What advice would you give to other job seekers? We would love to hear from you! As always, please email me at: natalie@resiliencegroup.net.



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by Natalie Lemons

Natalie Lemons is the Founder and President of Resilience Group, LLC, and The Resilient Recruiter and Co-Founder of Need a New Gig. She specializes in the area of Executive Search and services a diverse group of national and international companies, focusing on mid to upper-level management searches in a variety of industries. For more articles like this, follow her blog. Resilient Recruiter is an Amazon Associate.

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15 thoughts on “7 Signs You Have Found Your Ideal Career

  • Oh dear… looks like I have some work to do! Lol… I also think the people you work with makes a lot of difference in whether you enjoy your work or not. If the work is uninspiring but you have great people to work with, then those Sunday night dreads may not be so dreadful?! Great post!

    J xx

  • If only I go could back to college and go down a different path. It’s taken me a long time to figure out that what I thought I wanted career-wise is not who I am. Now that I’ve figured out that I didn’t want the big bad corporate career, I’m on a fun journey of figuring out what exactly I will do and where I will go. Visiting from Saturday Sharefest.

  • Great ideas and insights to help find your ideal job! I’ll keep these in mind when I’m on the job hunt next! Thanks for the resources to help guide more intentional decisions I think this is so important and something that is not always considered when applying for a job. For me I have always found that it is important to have at least 1 or 2 co-workers that I work well with and can learn from. It helps me get through stressful situations. I’ll take good work environment over money any day!

  • I worked my ass off to try and make a career doing something I thought I’d love. But when I finally got there I realised it really wasn’t for me. Then I kind of fell into a job which I really enjoy. The fact I was looking forward to going back after maternity leave proved to me that it’s where I should be. For now at least. #dreamteam

  • Thank you sharing this! It helps me a lot. Now I know what I love doing. Some people, especially when you are working abroad, you just accept any job for the sake of getting a visa but don’t really enjoy what they are doing. It’s like a burden spending 8-9 hours a day. Feels like you’re wasting time doing things you hate.

  • Thanks for the great insight. I’m still searching for my ideal career. These tips will help. Also, I tried clicking on the career test but it took me to a resume builder. Just FYI.

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