Finding a Career You Love

Our jobs are a big part of our lives. In fact, when you think about it, most of us spend 1/3 of our lives at work. So if you're not happy with your current job or career, there's a pretty good chance you may be unhappy with your life.Coworkers look at a desktop computer together.

Your Path To Career Happiness

So what can you do to change your career — and more importantly, your life? It's unrealistic to think that you can change your career overnight, however, with some good reflection, planning, and networking, you can get on the path to career happiness. Here's how:

  1. Look at where you are. Think about your current career or position. Why do you work there? Is it because of the money you make? What parts of your job do you like/dislike? Would you be happier doing what you're doing at a different company or work environment?
  2. Think about what you do best. Do you have certain interests or passions? How about your skills? Are there some that you are particularly adept at? Write down your interests, skills, and strengths as well as skills you would like to acquire.
  3. Do some research. After evaluating your passions, skills, education and strengths, determine what careers or jobs would work with them. For example, if your passion is blogging, research popular blogs and successful writers. Also, be sure to leverage your connections on social media to find others in your area of interest, so you can interview them about their careers.
  4. Find a mentor. A mentor can teach you about your new career choice and help you make connections for possible job opportunities in the future. Ask your mentor how they got started and what advice they may have for you.
  5. Get work experience. Experience counts a lot. So if you have an opportunity to work part-time in an area of interest, seize the opportunity. If a paid position isn't available, ask to volunteer your time for a company or successful professional a few hours a week. This will allow you to take an inside look at your new career choice to ensure it's right for you.
  6. Update your resume. Make sure you highlight your past career success and experience, as well any skills or education you have acquired in your new chosen profession.
  7. Be patient and realistic. It is possible to find happiness in a new career, but it takes time. Be realistic in your expectations, and know that with hard work and dedication, you really can do what you love and love what you do.