Lost direction? Here’s 4 ways to finding your career purpose

Written by The RAC Team
Last updated August 17, 2020

We all spend a significant amount of time at work, travelling to and from work or just thinking about work. Being in a job that you don’t enjoy can take a great toll on both your mental and physical health, adding unnecessary stress and frustration to your life. This is why it is so important to find a job that you thrive in. Instead of being stuck doing tasks you find boring, mundane and unsatisfying, investigate refreshing your career and how to find your career purpose.

How do I find my purpose?

Distinguish what matters to you right now

Identify what you want from a job and more importantly what you don’t want. Having years of experience under your belt, you will be able to take a look back at what roles you enjoyed the most and those not so much. Whether you prefer a more creative role or a more analytical role, investigate opportunities relating to what you liked best. In addition to this, it is important to consider the level of work-life balance you are looking for. Are you looking for a job where you can potentially climb up the ladder, and don’t mind putting in hours and hours of overtime? Or are you looking for something a bit more flexible, providing you with the time to do other things you love like hobbies or just spending quality time with your family?

Think about your interests, your skills and your personality

Take a look at what skills you possess and think about how you could use these in a different role. Consider your interests and identify how your skills could work in your favour to pursue a job concerning what you love.

It is also important to think about your personality and what type of working environment you thrive within. Do you enjoy working in a huge office with an abundance of noise and chatter? Or do you prefer working from the comfort of your own home with minimal distractions? Whatever your preference, think about how you can intertwine your interests, skills and personality; this will then give you a sense of your career purpose.

Don’t just settle

You need to remember that it is never too late to find your purpose. If something in your career is not working for you, don’t just sit back and accept it; have the courage to continue searching for what it is you want to do.

Be patient

You need to realise that finding your career purpose is rarely something that happens overnight. Don’t feel like you need to pressure yourself into realising what it is you want to do, take your time and think things through. This may mean you have to experience more time in a job you aren’t enjoying, but you don’t want to switch into another career that doesn’t suit you, putting you back at square one.

We understand that the idea of switching career can be extremely daunting. Be that for financial reasons or simply the level of uncertainty it presents. If you want more help and advice on a career change, visit our Refreshing a Career site.

Last Updated: Monday October 12 2020
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