If you're feeling unsure about your career path, you're not alone. I see many people struggle with finding the right direction for their professional lives, people from college age to professionals on the cusp of retirement. But it is important to know there are steps you can take to gain some clarity and figure out what will make you happy and fulfilled in your career and life.
1. It's important to take some time to reflect on your strengths, interests, and core values. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? Once you have a better understanding of what makes you tick, you can start thinking about careers that align with those strengths and interests.
2. Next. it is helpful to talk to people who are already working in fields that interest you or inspire you in some way. They can provide valuable insights and advice about what it's really like to work in that field before you dive into it, committing everything but not knowing if your preconceptions are true. You can also ask about the education and training that may be required to break into that field. Not only will this help you make better decisions now, but it starts expanding your network (possibly in an industry/area where you had no connections before).
3. Another way to gain clarity is to try out different careers through volunteering, internships, job shadowing or part-time jobs. This can give you a firsthand look at what a particular job is like and help you decide if it's the right fit for you.
It's also important to remember that your career doesn't have to be a straight path. Many people change careers several times throughout their lives, and that's perfectly okay. If we change our minds, that just means we are growing and maybe entering a new season of life. So don't be afraid to try out different things and see what works best for you.
In the end, finding the right career for you is a process of trial and error. It may take some time and effort, but with patience and persistence, you can find a career that brings you fulfillment and happiness.