Today, a lot of words are associated with the work: career, salary, position, advancement, objectives, tasks, and hours… but what about vocation? We often forget that finding a job we’re passionate about is one of the best ways of becoming not only a productive employee but also a happy and fulfilled person. Whether you’re a student, recent grad, or job seeker, this search begins with a bit of introspection broken up into three easy steps. Here they are:
How to find YOUR vocation?
- Get to know yourself
To find your vocation, you first need to take the time to get to know yourself. This way, you’ll be able to better express who you are to others. Being introspective will also allow you to develop your potential and work on certain aspects of your personality, even it takes you a little while.
Even if pinpointing your passions seems simple, you should still ask yourself some questions. Who am I? What am I passionate about? What gives me joy? What aren’t I interested in? It can be hard to be totally honest with yourself when it comes to your skills and talents, but you should find an equilibrium so that you’re not too modest and end up devaluing your talents. Additionally, you should always take note of your desire to do a certain thing or to make something better. One more small tip: you can also call on specialists to suggest what career or vocation best matches your personality, likes, and talents.
- Don’t hesitate to use your strengths to your advantage!
It isn’t enough to just identify your strengths and shortcomings to discover your vocation. You must also know which career you would most benefit from and combine what’s practical with what’s pleasurable!
Do some research and find careers that align well with your strengths and identify one that you think you’ll be passionate about enough to have it as a long-term career. Whatever it is, being talented in that area will distinguish you from other candidates.
- Sell your skills!
Last step — learn how to distinguish yourself and stand out from other candidates. You’ll need to not only know how to sell yourself, but also how to communicate your strengths and talents and be able to apply them to specific situations. To increase the marketability of your skills and make them more profitable, you need to stay abreast of changes in the world and emerging careers, as these positions will need to be filled with new, competent staff.
But before you send your resume to a company, ask yourself why your skills are invaluable to the desired position and be sure to highlight these skills during interviews. When you leave an interview, the person across the desk should have no doubts whatsoever that you’re the perfect fit for the job. So, to find a job that you’re passionate about, you must dare to act and have confidence in your many skills and talents.
You now know how to find a happy medium between passion and work so that work is a source of happiness. As Confucius says, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life!”