We all have these periods in life, when we are supposed to choose what to do next. who to be?
The major in college, the job position, the future goal in your professional life.
You know this HR people that always ask you “What do you want to do in 5 years?”🙂
And, God, how hard can it be sometimes to understand and analyze yourself.
What is it from the whole bunch of my interests, that I will be happy dealing with 8 hours a day, 7 days per week? What is it that I will be doing the best? Where will I achieve my full potential. And not the least important – get paid for it:)
There are no easy way to answer these questions.
What I’ve tried so far(from what actually helps):
- Ask more experienced people for advice, like your supervisor at the University/College, parents, people you think are successful in what they are doing etc. Ask them, why did they chose this way?
- Trying as many things as possible, broad your experience and analyze on the way. Which of these activities made me happy? Was I happy organizing the school event, is it fun to help people installing Windows?
- Finding a role model. What people inspire you? What do they do? What story do they have? Answering these questions helps a lot to understand which path in life you should choose yourself.
So, when you have a clear picture of your future self, there will be only one question left – How do I achieve this?
Which is at least not that confusing anymore:)
What actually inspired me to write this post was this Internship Predictor.
It is one of this career orientation tests, but it is actually the first one from what I’ve tried that showed the results I can agree with. Maybe it’s because I’ve already did all of the above?:)
Anyway, here are some results I got:
You value an internship in an organization that combines a sound basis of logic and explanations with opportunities to express your feelings and sensitivities to beauty.
Your interests gravitate to:
- Higher education
- Computer industries
- Engineering/design fields
You like to analyze objects using your highly developed independent thinking skills to create new knowledge or use existing knowledge.
You are technically proficient and oriented towards science.
You have strong academic skills and are seen by others as scholarly and often introverted.
You tend to rely on your intellectual and critical thinking skills to perform your work. You are more naturally reserved and introspective in your approach to solving problems and use your curiosity to drive original and complex developments. You prefer internships that are knowledge-based and value innovative thinking and abstract mental challenges. You like to collect and organize data that is used to solve intellectually stimulating problems.