When I began my studies as an undergraduate student, I majored in mechanical engineering.
I absolutely love cars, but the main reason I chose engineering as my major was: I learned that Engineers earned a pretty good salary.
Growing up, my family didn’t have much. One of my biggest motivations for going to college was to make a lot of money, and I was dead set on picking any major that I thought would allow me to do so.
Luckily for me, I figured out early on that engineering was not an area I wanted to spend the rest of my career in.
Unfortunately, many people come to this conclusion but never change their career path, due to the fear of loss of potential income.
As a Certified Professional Resume Writer and experienced Career Coach, I’ve heard plenty of stories from clients who are working in fields that are not the best match for their interests and skills.
The term that I use to describe people who are doing what they have been put on earth to do is F.I.T. (Fulfillment, Identity, and Thirst). They are fulfilled in all areas of their lives, since they have found their identity and thirst – what they are passionate about.
Here are 4 ways to find your F.I.T.:
1. Go to God
You may be surprised to hear this approach, but it has proven true in my case. Since I am a Christian, my beliefs are a big part of my life. I believe that since we are made by God, no one can tell you what you are supposed to be doing here on Earth other than Him.
We can’t look within for answers related to what our purpose is before first seeking God for direction.
2. Pay Attention To Your Interests & Hobbies
Pay attention to what you find yourself interested in or doing on a regular basis. Where do you spend most of your time outside of work?
If you are not currently spending your time engaged in hobbies, how would you like to spend it? Keep a journal to record your day-to-day activities and thoughts.
3. Don’t Listen to Nay Sayers
Often, when I speak to people who are not doing what they love, they cite listening to the advice of someone who told them they would not make money in a particular field. The overwhelming majority of this bad advice comes from people really close to the individual.
People who are close to us generally have our best interests in mind, but they don’t always know what’s best.
Regardless of how much money you make during your career, if you are not doing what you love, you will be frustrated. When people attempt to discourage you from following a career path based on earning potential, trust your gut and move toward what you believe is the right path for you.
4. Explore, People, Environment
Self-Exploration is often brought up when discussing careerpathing. This exploration usually includes career assessments, developing personal mission statements, searching career websites, and setting goals. However, there is no better way to find out what you would be good at than putting yourself in environments that allow you to gain firsthand experience.
Interest in a certain area doesn’t necessarily mean you should pursue it as a career. Sometimes cherished hobbies are just not career options.
Explore your curiosity before deciding to take the plunge, by gathering information.
If you find that you are still excited, take the next step and start meeting with people who work in the industry. Set up an informational meeting with an industry professional to gain insight into what their daily activities are; as well as the aspects they like and dislike about their job.
If you are still intrigued, it’s time to put yourself in an environment where you can get a feel for things.
You don’t have to leave your current job to determine whether you truly want to take the leap. You can volunteer; this is a great way to see if your curiosity is indeed a passion.
I have known many people who made lots of money, but hated going to work each day. According to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace Report, only 30 percent of employees are engaged and inspired at work.
Don’t be one of these people.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla about earning potential or listening to people who discourage you from picking certain fields. They don’t have to live your life or go to work for you each day.
I am a believer that no matter what field you chose, if you are passionate about it, more than likely you will be good at it. The money will follow.
Money is not more important than your happiness nor will it bring it to you. Happiness comes from doing what you are put here on earth to do.
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