It’s all around us, right? So why is it that so many people get stuck when trying to decide what they want to do with their lives?
We’re surrounded by TV shows, movies, news and current affairs, showing us what it’s like (at least in TV Land) to be a doctor/writer/lawyer/cop/nurse/teacher/politician/entrepreneur/singer/actor…
But still, most of us don’t know what we want to be ‘when we grow up’.
They ask us in kindy, and we give cute answers like astronaut, vet, or Prime Minister. But after that everything gets a bit more serious, and by the time we need to start making the big decisions we’re often not very clear about what we really want to do with our lives.
So, let’s talk about how to find inspiration for your career
Sure, you could take another career quiz – they’re good at giving you some ideas, but people are complex and more often than not the answers aren’t much use.
But it’s not hard to dig a little bit deeper. Here’s some ideas to get the inspiration juices flowing:
Start Talking – yep, it’s embarrassing, but talking with people who’ve already ‘been there and done that’ is one of the best ways to get an idea of what you do and don’t like. If you meet someone who has a job you find interesting, then ask them about it – what are their favourite bits, which bits are boring, and where they see themselves in 10 years (careers aren’t static).
Get Moving – get up, out of the house, and start seeing more of the world. But remember, you’re thinking about jobs here – so pay attention to people who are working. Does the guy in the comic store look like they love their job? How about the manager at Coles, is she excited to be there? Go unusual places, like museums and galleries, as well as the normal ones, like visiting the pool shop or steel mill.
Keep an Open Mind – and a journal. Unless you’re lucky enough to have very rich parents, you’ll need to find money to live on from somewhere. If you do your research, you could find a job you love that pays the bills and makes you happy, if you don’t, you’ll still need money so you’ll end up working in the easiest job you can find, and counting down the hours till knock-off every day.
Parents have a role to play
Did you know that according to according to CICA, parents are the #1 influence on a student’s career plan?
If you’re a student, enlist your parents in your quest for an exciting, engaging (and hopefully well-paying) job. Whether they’re pleased with their own choices, or hoping you’ll do better than they did, you’ll find your parents have a tonne of experience in earning an income that pays the bills (who do you think pays for your iPhone?)
If you’re a parent, help your kids – I’m not saying you should become the leader in their quest (that’s their job) but think about how to help without taking over. If they want to explore, then be their partner. And if they don’t want to get off the couch, then be subtle about it – who are their heroes? Do they too spend the day on the couch? What kind of jobs do they have? But at the end of the day it has to be their choice, not yours.
What are you waiting for?
It’s never too early to get started… and we’ve put heaps of inspiration up on our website just in case you’re stuck. So get cracking and start thinking about your future today.