FIG­URE OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO NEXT

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Life Made Easy Work -

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.

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