8 Steps to Determine the Work That is Truly Meant For You

8 Steps to Determine the Work That is Truly Meant For You - Introvert Whisperer

8 Steps to Determine the Work That is Truly Meant For You


“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”George Eliot

Do you feel like you’ve reached an impasse in what you call your career? Perhaps you’ve been at it for so long that there’s no more joy (if there ever was) in what you do. Perhaps you’re simply going about your tasks as it’s an established routine. Do you yearn for a revival of sorts so your efforts feel more valuable?


When you start asking yourself these questions, remember the quote from George Eliot. No matter how old you are, or how uncertain the world seems to be, it’s never too late to be what you might have been. That’s the beauty of life: Every new day, the opportunity to change things and get things right is present.


So, you’re ready to make a big career change — how do you know what work is the perfect fit for you? Do you just go with your skills and experience? Or are you ready to take a different path and explore something new?


It all seems confusing and daunting but here is a guide that can make the future of your professional life less scary to plunge into.


How to Determine the Career You’re Supposed to Have

  1. Revisit your childhood dreams and ask yourself what changed about you and your life that prompted you to forget about them. The value of doing this is most childhood dreams are full of joy and perhaps the answer to finding joy in your work is through a trip down memory lane.


  1. Tell yourself to do what you love. No matter how humble or grand the job may be, if you know it’s something you love, there’ll be joy in it and a commitment to demonstrate passion.


  1. Find a personal coach especially when you’re struggling to make sense of your current situation and connecting it with what you want for your future. A personal coach can also help you identify your career personality type so you’ll be better directed toward the jobs that will fully capitalize on your strengths, allow you to expand your knowledge and strengthen your natural passions. There are still many other benefits of having a life coach and all these have an impact on your search for the perfect fit of a career for you.


  1. Write down the job/s you want as well as why you like them. Do some legwork and generate as much information about them. If as you keep on learning more (either through trainings or actually going back to school) and your excitement and joy intensify, it’s likely this or these are the work you’re meant to do.


  1. Evaluate how these jobs will turn you into the person you wish to become. Don’t just focus on the financial aspect; think about your family, and the other things that you want to do with your life. The work you’re truly supposed to do will not suffocate your other sources of joy – in fact, it will complement or support them.


  1. Expose yourself to the people in the industry you wish to become a part of. Observe their life and lifestyle to see if those are what you want. If meeting and learning from them inspires or stimulates your desire more, you’re one step closer to clearly determining your universe-ordained career.


  1. Start acting your way into the career you want. Pretending to be the career person that you want to be will strengthen your action and sense of self, and it can also fortify your conviction about the career you’re meant to do.


  1. Establishing certainty about a new career option requires outworking fears. To do this, follow some goal setting tips such as breaking down your action plan into small chunks and completing them one by one. As you accomplish one “chunk” after another, you can expect to have better confidence in the fresh path you’re trekking.


Hopefully, these tips will help in boosting your confidence for the personal reinvention you want. Don’t worry about your age because many are using their 40s, 50s and retirement years to start anew – everything’s just a matter of having the correct approach and disposition.



Salma El-Shurafa is an experienced Executive Coach and founder of The Pathway Project. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program.

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