What do I want to do with my life?

This is the million dollar question—the one that permeates the mind of almost every young person who is searching for his or her calling. Uncertain and feeling pressured to achieve success, many people jump into careers without taking the time to evaluate whether it’s the right fit for them. It’s important to take a deep breath and take a long hard look at what your life will look like in the career you’ve chosen. It’s important to make sure you can envision yourself in that position on a daily basis. The SLE team has pulled together three tips that will help you gain clarity on whether the career you’re considering is truly right for you.

1. Ask yourself: Am I only doing this for the money?


While it’s easy to derive your motivation from the prospect of raking in dollar signs, it’s important to remind yourself that work is a time investment. Does the career you’ve selected interest you? Will you be stimulated by your daily activities on a routine basis? If the answer is no, then it might be time to reconsider. Money is a considerable factor when choosing a career, however, you should be prepared to critically evaluate whether the duties attached to your chosen profession will fufill you personally as well as professionally.

2. Will you look forward to going to work?


Let’s be real: The average American does not wake up for work each day feeling like it’s Christmas morning. However, there is something to be said for appreciating your work rather than wincing at the sight of your to-do list. Possessing a willingness to go the extra mile in your career is a clear indication that you are driven and well-equipped to succeed in your chosen profession. If the career you’re pursuing excites you and inspires you to work hard, then you know you’re on the path toward a fulfilling career.

3. Remember that you’re never “stuck”


A family may be the last thing on your mind at this moment, but chances are, one day it will be the first. As a young person, it’s hard to picture your wants and needs ten years from now. A career is something you build and cultivate throughout your life. It’s OK to change your mind and try out different professions. Your first job doesn’t have to be your last job—in fact, in most cases, your first job shouldn’t be your last. Your career can grow and change as you do. It’s never too late to start anew in a career that is more becoming for the life you have now. If traveling or family life is a priority, see to it that you secure a position with a flexible schedule, or one that is conducive to the life you want to live. You are the pilot of your own destiny—it’s never too late to change course.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s #TipTuesday! Check back next week for another round of quick tips.