With everything that we do, we need to take a moment every so often to re-evaluate where we are and where we are going. The older we get the more likely we tend to change.
What was important in my 20s is hardly important now. What was important when I turned 30 is not at all important now at age 35.
Career evaluation is important. Why? It’s almost like a self check system. You can’t continue to grow and be successful without checking yourself to see if you still want to go in that direction. This is because you may start heading in the right direction with good intentions.
And then you end up in a really dark place. A place no one would ever want to be in. Where it is lonely and full of frustration. More than likely, what happened was there was no check point to evaluate the road ahead. You were working on autopilot. All of a sudden, years later, you lift your head to realize you alienated everyone and hate your job.
That is never good. Let’s talk about career evaluation.
These are some of the questions you should consider when evaluating what you would like to do for a living.
1. What Is Important To You?
Right now at this very moment, you may be thinking of the problems that are right in the forefront of your life. Not being able to pay rent, not being able to clothe and feed yourself, not being able to pay college tuition, etc.
I’m going to tell you something right now.
Once you obtain your success and money, those problems will no longer be there. Then what?
What will you turn your attention to?
This is the problem a lot of adults face once they have mastered their craft and earned their desired success. They are no longer faced with the financial crisis that they had when they were once young and now have no other passion.
Because they have alienated their family and friends to obtain that success, they do not have anyone to share it with. Their health may suffer because of neglect to their own bodies. They are then riddled with boredom.
That’s why when you think about what’s important to you, I want you to think about what will be after you get to the level that you are striving for.
Do you want to have great friends? Do you want to be able to spend quality time with your family? Do you want to have a family? Are you sure that the path you are on will allow time for this?
2. What Makes You, You?
This one is interesting. Only cause right now I am thinking of 5 year old Yari. The one that used to pretend to be a secretary.
When we are young, we tend to explore the world around us with great vigor and energy. Think back on your childhood. What did you enjoy doing when you had free time on your hands? How did it make you feel?
What would you do now if you didn’t have to worry about studying for that midterm? How can you make that into a living? Do you have a support system?
Once you know what you enjoy doing, think of creative ways to turn that into something that can produce income. After all, if you like what you do, you tend to continue doing it until you become good at it.
3. What Makes You Happy?
Think about a time that you were so happy you almost cried.
Has that ever happened to you? Where you were so joyful that you were actually humbled and grateful for the experience.
What were you doing at that time? That could be the one thing that you should be focusing on. When you are able to be happy with what you are doing for hours on end, then you are able to make a continuous amount of money by doing it. So don’t neglect this experience. Make sure you really evaluate it and see which career path gives you this pleasure.
Does it have similar elements as the one experience just mentioned? How?
4. What Can You Live With?
Let’s face it. When you are young and new to the working world or college world, you will need to focus on your career goal. This means that you will be spending countless hours studying, working, with little to no sleep until you reach your desired goal.
There’s no way around it. I’m sorry.
What I can help you with is deciding which way to go so that the hours won’t be so long and annoying.
What aren’t you willing to give up to get to your goal? Why? How much does it mean to you? Will you be able to make time for it?
5. What Can’t You Live Without?
Think about the things you do right now. Is there something that you are doing that you can do without? How vital is it to you? Is there a way that you can trim this from your day to day routine? How much time would you get back if you let go of it?
Evaluating things in your life may free up time and space for you to continue towards your goals. If something is not bringing you closer to your dreams than take a hard look at if the item is expendable.
Life is too short to dwell on things that will take up your energy in a way that is not productive. You need to focus on things that will be of value to you.
Deep, lasting relationships should not be taken into consideration when you are trimming away. You will regret it once you get to the level that you want to get to. Take the time to continue to foster relationships with family and friends.
6. Does Your Career Lead To An Admirable Life?
When you think of the career or job that you currently have, is it something that you feel will be rewarding? Does the job give you fulfillment in some way? What do you like best about it?
Most young individuals tend to look at things at how it can benefit them. However, when you are choosing the career of your choice, I am asking that you turn on your feelers. This is because no matter how much you love what you do, there will always be hurdles along the way that you must overcome in order for you to become a talented individual in your field.
There will be days that you feel like everything in the universe is pushing against you. You will double think why you chose this field. When doing so, it is nice to have a support system that, no matter what, is rooting you on.
This is why the first step is important to take in this blog. Make time for those who matter to you, their worth is beyond words.
Once you choose a career path that fits you draw inspiration from those who have mastered it and are willing to teach. Find those that you trust and gain feedback on your progress. Maintain ties to those who have always had your best intentions at heart, and you will be fine.
Yaritza Ellison has been an nurse since 2010. She has been essential to the healing process of many and seeks to continue to do so. Her passion for mental health and self help literature has lead her to launch justyari.org, where she aspires to coach young ladies navigating through work-life balance.