FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO NEXT
If your current job is allconsuming, you may not be able to accomplish this before you leave. You may instead have to do Step 4 (quit) first and figure out what you really want to do later. Regardless of the order in which you take these steps, try out these suggestions to discover your new path:
Think about what you like to do or what you excel at. Heather says to think of “what makes you unique, what makes you happy, what you get lost in to the point where it doesn’t feel like work”.
Sara suggests writing down what you wanted to be when you grew up, at the youngest age you can remember – “the one before reason, logic and judgment set in”. Also note what careers interested you in secondary school, university and even after that.
“Take up any kind of mindful practice, whether it’s running, karate, painting or whatever. Something that keeps you in the zone,” says Sara. “With that silence and stillness, answers will start to emerge. It’s hard to have those answers emerge when you’re working really fast and hard.”
“Explore the most salient values for you at this time of your life (for example, giving to others versus prestige or high earnings), and envision how you might ensure they are present in your life,” Dr Orbe-Austin says. “Sometimes, values are more important to career/life satisfaction than interests.”
Take some career personality tests such as the Strong Interest Inventory, the Strengths Finder, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the Enneagram, or see a career coach, says Heather.
“Ask the five people who know you best and whom you trust the most what they would have you do if they were in charge of your life. You might be surprised at what they say, but remember that they see you without any of the self-doubts or judgments that you see yourself through,” says Sara.