What do you want from work other than the obvious things? You need to make a living but there’s so much more to work other than financial compensation. Many of us fall into paths based on what those close to them did, what seemed good at the time, or what someone said would be a good choice. Such decisions came from the brain but neglected the heart - and desires are very much based on emotions.
Perhaps, you never considered what would make you look forward to work. No one else is exactly like you with the same talents, knowledge, skills, personality, preferences, etc. to offer the work world with what you want to give. You're unique - That presents a challenge. You can't just follow any path if you are to meet all of your needs.
So, you have to discover your own way. And your journey starts with you - not the outside world. You need a connection to your internal compass to guide your actions. It’s a connection to who you are and what...
I've been there. You feel pressured to move forward, but you're stuck. You don't know want to do. There's a lot on the line because making a good career choice affects your future happiness - but how can you figure it out?
I’ve taken many career tests in my life - found them interesting but not very helpful. I got bits of insight regarding my preferences, but they didn’t give me a clear career direction. I wanted more than just a job where I could apply my skills; I wanted career fulfillment.
Identifying your top “Deeply Embedded Life Interests (DELI)” is a good starting point to find your direction. These are enduring motivational drivers that crave expression. Your happiness depends upon them unless you meet your needs in other areas of your life.
Dr. Timothy Butler, a Harvard University career expert, proposed ten major DELI career themes: