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The first step in thinking about the kind of job you want is to understand yourself.  Start with understanding your values, or what is important to you. Then think about your interests.  There are different types of work that match people’s interest better. Thinking about this will help you learn about yourself as well as make good career decisions.

Here are four ways to understand yourself and what you want in a job better:

  1. Understand your values
  2. Understand your interests
  3. Consider different types of work
  4. Consider other factors

Understand your values

Figuring out what kind of job you want begins with understanding yourself. You will be happiest and most productive when you find work that is aligned with your values, what you like to do, and what you do well. Values can be defined as the guiding principles of life. Your values are the beliefs that you learned as you grew up and ideas that are important to you.  When you know what your values are it gives you something to help you make choices and decisions about your life. 

Thinking about your values when you choose a job is important.  This can affect how satisfied you will be in your job. Have you ever taken the time to really think about your values?  It’s important to identify what is important to you. You can then make decisions about your work that match these values.

Understand Your Interests

People are interested in different kinds of jobs based on what they like to do. You want to find a job that includes work that you are interested in. Most people are interested in jobs based on their interests and passions. Studies have shown that people who are passionate about their work are happier and more productive at work. 

Here are some ways to help you think about your interests:

  • Think about activities that you enjoy.
  • What do you love to do?  
  • What are some things that you get excited about?  
  • Think about times when you are energized when you do something.

Knowing what you don’t like and don’t want to spend your time doing is another thing to consider when thinking about and making decisions about the kind of job you want. Knowing what you like and don’t like can help you decide what type of work would be a good fit for you. 

Consider Different Types of Work

There are many different types of work. Different people are attracted to different types of work.  Research shows that people are most satisfied with and successful in jobs that match their own needs. Based on what you learned about yourself, you can start to match your values and interests with the types of work that are best for you.  You will probably find that there is more than one type of job that is right for you.  

Consider Other Factors

Everything you think and do, as well as the situations around you, are trying to tell you where you will find happiness and success in your job.  You’ll want to find work that matches your personality, interests and values.  You should also think about the work environment and other factors you need in or at work based on your lifestyle. What is going on in your life right now?  Do you have children or child-care responsibilities?  Are you a single parent?  Do you have any physical limitations or medical issues to consider? Do you have other responsibilities or aging parents that limit your flexibility about when and where you work? Remember that many of these lifestyle considerations will change as your life changes.

Thanks for reading our post on considering the best type of job for you. Stay tuned for our next post in this series where we will look at the role of your qualifications in your job search. If you’d like to see how we can help your students become more ready for the workplace, click the free trial link below.