Finding interesting career choices are one of the many issues that come up with the career change clients I work with. A common refrain is...
'I want to do something interesting'
As a career coach that inevitably leads me to ask...
'So what do you find interesting?'
'What does interesting look like for you?'
is one of those words that means something different to everyone, so to
find your list of interesting career choices, you need to start with
What do you mean by interesting?
A job that...
The list goes on.
In theory it should be easy to list your interests and to use this to identify interesting career choices. But somehow, when the question is asked, it is not so easy after all.
Here are a couple of approaches you may find helpful.
You can also test out your interests by looking outwards for inspiration in the world and from the people around you.
The interesting career choices you are seeking are under your nose, if you are willing to just open your eyes and your mind enough to see them.
Become a career detective
There are literally thousands of jobs and careers out there, and one of these might be just the thing you are looking for. Take an everyday situation and use it to prompt your thinking.
Here’s an example, to get you started.
You are sitting on the train on the way to work. How many jobs can you identify from what you see around you?
Get the idea?
how many interesting career choices you can come up with this way.
Keep the ideas coming for as long as possible before you start to narrow
down to what you are interested in.
Talk to people about their jobs. What do they do? What do they find interesting about their jobs? What their friends do? What would they be interested in doing if they had a completely free choice?
Be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking that because your best friend finds his job as an actuary really interesting, that you would enjoy it too. This is why you need to investigate what it is about the role that they enjoy and make your own assessment about whether that would appeal to you too.
The key question to ask is...
If I had to do this all day or a big part of my job involved this, would it hold my interest?
Remember that no job will be 100% fascinating. There will always be some routine or mundane aspects of any role. The key issue is to explore what will hold your interest.
So when you are investigating interesting career choices, make sure you look both inwards and outwards to help you find the answer to what will interest you.
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