by Julia Scalise, DN, PhD
School bells are ringing once more calling students back to continuing along their educational journey. Yet how many students are confused or disinterested because they have no idea what to do with their lives once their basic education is finished? Likewise, how many adults are in transition about their current careers due to dissatisfaction or untimely downsizing? And further still, how many adults are retired but need to return to working because of financial need, or wish to return to working due to boredom?
I always looked forward to the new school year because any opportunity to learn something new was my objective, whether it was subjects I intended to use for a profession or just personal enrichment. However, I understand that not everyone feels the same about learning just for the sake of learning.
I wish our educational system had a way or a program to help each young student sort through the overwhelming number of choices or to help them focus at an earlier age on some career paths that suited them for their long term satisfaction and happiness. But no matter where you or your children are in life, here are 4 tips to help everyone. Not everyone knows from the age of 5 what they want to be when they grow up and ends up doing just that in their lifetime.
1) TALENTS: Determine your natural talents. Whether they are geared to right or left brain thinking and function, or a mixed blend of both, you can decide if you wish to have a career where you have to work very hard, or if you choose to do something that comes easy for you. There is no right or wrong answer, but be honest with yourself about what you would prefer. If you are assisting your children in this matter, try to help guide them where you feel they would best be suited.
2) PERSONALITY: The list of questions you can ask yourself is endless, but you should start to look at what best suits your personality or that of your children to further help define a career path to follow.
4) PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: These questions are but a very few to begin asking or observing about yourself or your children. But they are a great place to start. By combining your talents, personality and motivation preferences, you can begin alleviating the stress, anxiety, and confusion of not knowing what you want to do for a career. Then you can take all that energy and use it to work towards how you wish to live your life feeling content, fulfilled, and motivated. More often than not, if you do what you love, success follows.
Whether you are a young student, an adult in transition, or a retired worker needing or wishing to return to the work force and want further help with your direction or decisions, I suggest reading “Test Your Own Job Aptitude”, by Jim Barrett and Geoff Williams. This book contains actual testing to discover your talents, personality type, and motivators. I read it many years ago and still recommend this book to anyone struggling for answers.
Once you begin to get a clearer path or direction for yourself or helping your children do so, the next step is to figure out what you need to do and then doing the necessary work. But I know for a fact, in speaking with my clients and family and friends, determining what you want to do in life is sometimes the harder or more difficult part. The actual work becomes a lot easier once you know it is for your goal to do what you feel you would love to do and get paid to do it.
Wishing you health, living your best life, and finding success in career satisfaction.
Julia Scalise, DN, PhD is a Holistic Health Practitioner and author of the #1 Bestseller “Do One Thing Feel Better/ Live Better”. She is an expert in compassionately helping hundreds of clients eliminate underlying causes of health issues, discover ways to improve emotional well being, attain a more positive outlook on life and find their bliss. In practice over 16 years, she is a board-certified member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, American Association of Nutritional Consultants, American Holistic Health Association and a Physiological Regulating Medicine Practitioner. She is also a contributing expert for several internet forums, websites, and newsletters. To learn more about Julia, visit her website at http://www.JuliaScalise.com
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