Sometimes we know early in life, sometimes we try one thing and then another to finally land on the thing that fits best, or sometimes we just fall into something and make it work. The choice of our profession, that is. What we become when we grow up, the answer to that question that adults like to ask children when they don’t know what else to say.
There are tests that are given in school to measure aptitude like math, science, reasoning, or reading skills. These are meant to help us to narrow our options. Or perhaps your family gives the world doctors, teachers, farmers, or lawyers.
Now that you find yourself in job search are you sticking with your originally chosen professional path, or has this change in circumstance made you reevaluate? Many of the people that I have met in the past year have decided this is a good time to revisit the question of what to be – professionally that is. It seems like a valid response.
Sometimes it makes great sense, particularly if you were downsized because the business segment that you were in is in decline. Picking something new, possibly similar in a growth area will help your chances. Or maybe the job that you know is no longer the job that sparks your interest. Again, it makes sense to rethink your other options.
Me, I picked my path based on the broadest opportunity to support myself and my boys after my divorce. And it turned out to be a very interesting and varied job which suited me. I can do lots of different versions of this type of job for plenty of time to come.
Your turn, how did you pick? Do you pick it again?
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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