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13 Ways To Identify Your Career Calling

Note: This article was written in collaboration with Susan Miller.

In life, we all have our individual things which are unique to us. The things we love. The things we hate. The things we enjoy.

And because we’re all different, it definitely makes us interesting too.

But sometimes, it’s not always that easy to identify exactly what it is that you love.

Sure, it’s okay not to always be confident about what to choose for dinner.

But you should know who you are and what you want when it comes time to choose your career.

Your career is not only personal. You career is also something that you spend a long time doing. It’s thereby important for you to get it right.

Maybe you want to enjoy a happier lifestyle. Or you want to earn more. Or you just want to be able to spend your days doing something that you love.

So how do you tap into your “inner knowing,” and identify what your career calling truly is?

Let’s take a look at 13 helpful methods.

1. Listen To Your Mind

First things first, you’re going to want to tap into your mind, and listen to what your thoughts, behaviors, habits, or your body in general, is trying to tell you.

If you’re struggling to sleep, or you’re feeling stressed, sad, run-down, or any other kind of emotion or physical symptoms, then your body may be trying to tell you something.

It may take time, but do your best to try and listen to yourself here, as the answer may be more obvious than you first think.

2. Go With Your Gut

Next up, you should consider your gut instinct. Do you feel as if you know what you should be doing, but you’re afraid? Do you know deep down what you want to be doing? Well, the thing about gut instinct is that it’s often trying to tell you something. And it can be just you recognizing what is truly right for you. So if you have a strong feeling that you ought to do something, listen to that too.

3.Stick to your experience

Are you a little uneasy about making a drastic change? Do you feel as if you are comfortable where you are? If so, you might want to think about looking to the experience you already have – and exploring what you can do with that.

4. Assess your skills

Do you not want to limit yourself to the experience you have? If you have other skills, you could take the time to explore a completely different job. If this intrigues you, then you might want to do a skills assessment. 

Your goal: Become very clear on what you’re good at and where your strengths lie.

5. Consider Your Interests

Ask yourself: What you like to do in life?

Most of the time, there’s something that you could pursue as a passion here.

But maybe you don’t have the confidence you need to step into that certain role or industry?

But if you want to enjoy your career, you will want to work on ways to boost your confidence and just get started.

6. Find Something Lucrative

If you know that you ideally want to be able to make some money from your career move, then consider what lucrative options you have. Look into careers that will pay well, or career moves that will pay off financially, and make your decisions from there.

7. Turn To Your Calling

If you know that you were meant to do something, or you feel as if you should be in a certain industry or role, it’s time to head towards that. Go back to school and get an online MBA degree from the University of Redlands or whatever course you need. Then take steps towards making it happen.

8. Do Your Own Thing

If you know that you’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur or work for yourself, why not take what you’re doing and start a business of your own? Yes, it can be a risk, but if you don’t try, how will you ever know if this is right for you?

9. Follow Your Passion

Do you love the idea of being your own boss – but you do not necessarily want to do what you’re doing now?

Then… maybe it’s time to pursue your passion.

If you know what it is, and you know that you want to make this work, start to test the waters on the side.

And this is working out for you, you will know that it’s time to take things full-time.

10. Seek Advice

Next, an option that might be really effective for you, is to consider asking for advice.  You can look to do this in a range of ways.

First of all, you could simply ask your friends and family. They know you better than anyone, so it’s a great place to start.

But, you could also look to get more professional careers advice to see if this helps to point you in the right direction.

11. Network

The more people you know, the more you increase your opportunities.

After all, you might find that you meet someone you connect with heart to heart, mind to mind, who can also open doors for you career wise.

A lot of the time, you won’t even see it coming.

But this can be the best way for things to work out.

12. Try new things

“Some of the best things in life are on the exit ramp of your comfort zone,” reminds Karen Salmansohn.

Often when you push through your comfort zone, you find the perfect career path

13. Do a ton of research

If you’re still really not sure about what your calling is, then start doing some research. There are a ton of careers websites out there which might help to confirm your thoughts or point you in the right direction.

Note: This article was written in collaboration with Susan Miller.

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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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