Hello, and welcome to the traveling introvert. Today I want to talk about ways to kind of narrow down and pinpoint what might be your perfect career. This is all about goals and working and your commitment and brainstorming. Now the thing with introverts is we time to come to conclusions and time to analyze things and think things over. And so a lot of the time, people want you to make snap decisions about your career and life and etc. What I highly recommend is doing it in a slower, methodical way. But one of the first things you should kind of do is think about, you know, brainstorming on a sheet of paper.
And it's kind of a strategy I use in general all the time, but take a pad of paper and write down your top objective, exactly what it is you want to do. And so for example, you could say
What should I be doing with my time in my life? And then think about 20? Or so answers to that question. And you can do this all at once, say, you know, set aside 30 minutes and write down everything that flows to your mind whether you think it's insane or not. And then go away. And come back and do the same thing again the next day and see if you come up with something new or something different. But the key to the exercise is to come up with at least 20 answers, do not stop until you have at least 20 answers. And then you'll begin to see if there's any patterns or anything that that that crops up. One of the other things that you could do is ask three close friends of yours. Because generally speaking, what we think we see is generally different from what outsiders see. And so our friends might see us better than we see ourselves or they'll be able to see things that we don't think about all in a slightly different way. So what you can do
was talked to one of your friends or you know, three or four of them and mentioned that you're thinking about different things or different ways that you want to live your life and ask what they think you would enjoy doing and what you might be good at. You'll be surprised at how easily that they can zero in on your strengths and abilities and find something that you didn't even think about.
Another thing you can do to sort of pinpoint what might be a perfect career fit for you, is to take a career assessment test, there are lots of them online, you'll be able to go and take the test for free.
Or maybe if you know, a headhunter recruiter, they might have this software you can take the test for free, or anything of that nature. Just to give you a general idea of what you might be good at what is interesting to you what is new stuff you might not ever even heard of, because right now jobs are changing and evolving so quickly. That's really interesting that
You know, something you might not have thought of, or even a role that hasn't really been created yet. But you could market to other people.
And the other thing I find really useful for pinning down information or just when I'm brainstorming or anything of that nature, is to keep a journal.
Keep a place where you write down stuff, and take a look after a week or a month and see if they're general common threads in your writing. Is there something specific that you always upset about at work or something, ideas, types of ideas that you always come up with better things? Maybe you're very analytical, maybe you're good at brainstorming overarching themes, you might find that if you read through your journal that you will see patterns that will be common, and make you think, Oh, I didn't realize but this is something that I really like and enjoy when I talk about it, or there's something I really hate irritates me, so I should stay very far away from it. So keep your eyes peeled.
trends and activities, the things you'd like as well, as well as things you don't like. In fact, finding examples of what you don't like and what frustrates you is almost as important as finding out what you like. Because if you hate being overwhelmed or you hate like a boss, who is Mike, a micromanager.
It's better for you then when you're looking for your next move to find one, that maybe you in a more self directed position. Or if you hate, you know, co workers always being up in your business, then maybe you would prefer a new position that would involve some privacy or maybe working from home so you have your own office or your own space. So discovering what you really want to do with your life is one of the most important decisions you can make. But don't forget, that can change over time. And whatever, you know, happens but you do need to remember that we spend at least a third or more of our lives at work. So figuring out your right career is important because it keeps us
Your life happy and productive. Thank you for listening. This is Janice from the career internet. If you have any questions for me, please email me at Janice@thecareerintrovert.com Have a great day.