10 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Career

Welcome to Europe Language Jobs’ 30 Day Challenge to get a job! Today is the first day of our informative content and we will be suggesting 10 essential self-reflection questions to help you figure out which way to go with your professional development. Self-reflection is a key part of the job search - but all too often it is ignored. That is why we are setting up the tone on Day 1 with questions regarding your personal preferences and qualities on the job to help you decide on the right career for you.

Committing to a career can be a big decision, so the consideration that goes into it should never be taken lightly. If done well, it can land you in a job in which you are both successful and happy. Today we will build on this self-reflection, with 10 of the most important questions when considering a new career path. There are no right or wrong answers - as long as you are being true to yourself! 

 

1. Do you prefer to work in a team or individually?

This question is one of the most important when considering your career path. It can determine your productivity, efficiency and how well you enjoy the work you are doing. Obviously, most people aren’t strictly orientated to work within a team or individually, but knowing which way you lean further towards can help in understanding which career best suits you. 

 

2. Do you like working in an office or would you want to work remotely?

This question is important if you are looking to expand your horizons, especially in the current fast-changing working environment. More and more companies are considering the options for more flexible work conditions with work from home schedules. This makes it important for you to know if you find these alternatives as beneficial or discouraging.

Similar to the previous question, it’s important to know whether you enjoy working around other people. This doesn't necessarily mean within a team, but more whether you work more efficiently when other people are around or not. Furthermore, in order to work remotely, you are required to be self-disciplined and driven. These are serious things to consider before working remotely.

Another thing to consider when you are asking yourself this question is whether or not you will miss being part of a community environment. Yes, your colleagues and workmates will inevitably get on your nerves at some point, however, you may rather be annoyed once in a while than be by yourself all the time. Therefore, if you are someone who can’t spend too much time on their own, remote work is likely not for you. 

 

3. Are you willing to relocate for your career?

There are many pros to relocation, although it is not always an easy option to make. Aside from boosting your CV and giving you a competitive edge, relocation can help you grow as a person too. However, for those with strong reasons to stay at home (children, dependent family members etc.) your options may be limited in terms of relocation. Luckily, very few careers REQUIRE relocation. Finding a remote job could be a great alternative if you want to open more doors in terms of your job search without actually moving abroad. If relocation does appeal to you but for whatever reason it isn't a practical option, finding a job that requires lots of travel could be a great alternative. 

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4. Do you feel confident working with modern technology?

For a lot of people, it’s hard to keep up with all the latest computer programmes and technology. This, however, becomes more and more of a problem as these skills are increasingly high in demand. Many careers nowadays require knowledge in programmes such as Photoshop that have traditionally been reserved for jobs such as Graphic Designers and Photographers. Knowing your capabilities and weaknesses is important in the job application process. Some of these skills you will be able to work on by yourself as we will discuss on Day 3, whereas others will require classes, money, and time. This will help you determine which jobs are within your capabilities, and those that will require special attention as you may not have all the necessary qualifications.

 

5. Would you prefer a task that is more analytical or creative?

For some, numbers are their strong suit. Data analysis and calculations are what they strive on. For others, they are more suited to creative tasks, and numbers are a bore. For the lucky few, pleasure can be found in both. With the way the required skills are changing within careers, it is important to be conscious of what you prefer. For example, Social Media marketing may sound like creating cool, interactive Instagram posts, when in actuality there is a lot of data analysis that goes into posts being published at peak times on peak days, to ensure optimum interaction. 

 

6. What direction do your qualifications lead you?

Your educational qualifications are not the be-all and end-all of your capabilities. Frankly, if you are determined enough, you can head your career path in whatever direction you like. However, the path you’ve decided to take in education could be pointing you towards many careers you have not yet considered. After all, with the development of modern technology, new jobs are being created every day.

Blogging and Social Media Marketing is a relatively new field, and many don’t realise that their educational experience qualifies them for this career. Degrees in Modern Languages, English or Graphic Design all put you on the right track to pursuing this career. Many of the skills more specific to these careers can be easily learnt using online resources.

 

7. How important is money to you?

One of the most important questions on this list. Before pursuing any career, you need to know whether your end goal is to have enough money for a nice house and fancy car but not necessarily look forward to going to work every day, or to be passionate in what you are doing, despite not always being financially comfortable. Think twice about both options, because ultimately, it’s best to find a balance between the two. 

 

8. What has your past taught you?

One of Steve Job's most famous quotes is “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” By telling you this, we are not saying that if your whole life has been spent dedicated to one career path you can't change at any point. Rather, by reflecting on your past experiences - what you enjoyed, where you found success, and what you down-right hated - it can lead you to the right decision for you.

 

9. Is a work-life balance important to you?

Ask yourself how much of your life you want to dedicate to your career. For some of us, our career is what gets us out of bed in the morning and really drives us. For others, a job is simply a form of income, and we’d rather spend our time at home or travelling. Being honest with yourself about how much of your life you want to put into your work will make it more likely you enjoy your job. Finding the workload too little or too much can make you miserable and leave you feeling unmotivated. 

 

10. What are your passions?

We've saved the most important question for last. Following your passions, and finding a way to make money out of it is an amazing way to put yourself on the path to success. Granted, this isn't as easy as it sounds. For many people, after a little reflection, they start to wonder what their passions actually are. They are not always as clear cut as you may think, and it can take a little experimenting and a lot of thinking to figure them out. However, once you have worked out what makes you get out of the bed in the morning, finding a way to make money out of it should come a little easier. This does not mean your passion has to become your whole career - however, having it implemented in your job in some way makes waking up on a Monday morning a whole lot easier. For example, if you love food, this does not mean you have to become a chef. However, whether it be for marketing or graphic design, working within a company that focuses on food might make the job a whole lot more enjoyable.

Each of these questions should be considered carefully before choosing your career path, as being honest about them can be the key to success! 
 

Tomorrow we will be discussing the importance of considering all the existing professional opportunities in order to help you find work that inspires you! Until then try and answer the questions raised above and you are already a step closer to getting your dream job! 

 

 

Oct 5, 2020 by The ELJ Team

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Well, I have no issue working alone, as I'm a good sole worker, however I believe a composite team adds productivity to a company as the many differently talented individual unite thinking and drive towards the company's goals with a single focus point. An old say states 'two think better than one' though not applicable to general cases it's practicality can be proven true when we see how efficient work runs as it is shared by many and is paid extra verification

posted by James


1- I can work in both conditions, whether individually or in a team. I can adapt to both environments

2- I prefer working remotely, I tend to be more creative, focus better and achieve more.

3- Yes, I am willing to relocate for a job. I enjoy adventures and I get along with people easily.

4- I definitely like modern technologies and I have no problems learning them.

5- I tend to like both analytical and creative tasks. It is very important for me to use both parts of my brain.

6- My background is leading me to an IT specialist career: I speak several languages and I am good at English, and I have been through several roles in networking such as customer support, technical account management and Network administrator.

7- Money is of course important for me, but I get bored very fast. I need to like what I do somehow. Combining both money and pleasure in a carrer would be ideal

8- My past thought me to always keep learning always on page, to take everyday tasks very seriously and get the best out of them.

9- Worklife balance is very important for my health. I can get sick easily by working too hard for many days.

10- I like music, I like meeting new people, I like traveling, and learning everyday something useful.

posted by Sinda Sabrine


Very useful questions covering all areas.

posted by Pedzisai


1. Do you prefer to work in a team or individually?
Even though sometimes I prefer to work individually, most of the times I want to be part of a team and work with other people, because I believe in the strength and creativity a team gives and the opportunity to learn from others and share your knowledge and experience as well.
2. Do you like working in an office or would you want to work remotely?
I would like both, because I want to adapt in the current fast-changing working environment. I can work both remotely, because I am disciplined and self-driven, but I like to work in an office as well, because I love being part of a community and directly interact with my colleagues.
3. Are you willing to relocate for your career?
I am open to a job that requires relocation, but I would not say no to a remote job or to a job that requires lots of travel.
4. Do you feel confident working with modern technology?
I am not yet quite confident in using modern technology or programmes that require advanced skills like Photoshop or Joomla, but I am a quick learner and love challenges, especially in learning new things.
5. Would you prefer a task that is more analytical or creative?
I love both, but to be honest I prefer the creative part, even though I am interested in the Social Media platforms that require both.
6. What direction do your qualifications lead you?
My field of study is mostly humanities and foreign languages, but I have an inclination to Digital and Social Media Marketing which is a new path that I want to follow, and especially copywriting.
7. How important is money to you?
I always wanted doing something in my life that I love and I am passionate about. I would like to find a balance in having a job that makes me comfortable enough, but also makes my each day count.
8. What has your past taught you?
Making mistakes is part of our lives. I must take risks, believe in my talents and skills, work hard and be thankful.
9. Is a work-life balance important to you?
I believe in doing everything with passion and love. Balance is the key to success and is important to me.
10. What are your passions?
I love sports, history, tourism and social media. I love travelling a lot and be part of an international team.

posted by Veroniki


1. I prefer working individually but I can always work with a team, anyway no man is an island. Plus brainstorming and collaboration is such a key to success these days.
2. Working in a office is still good, but I find working from home capabilities these days as a great thing to explore, a balance between the too is a good one.
3. I would love to relocate, to experience working in a different environment with different types of people, it helps us grow professionally and individually.
4. Yes! Digitaization makes analytics and other jobs done remotely, thus if needed in times like this pandemic, it’s a great thing to have. Also, having to deliver task during these times is such a great opportunity.
5. I am more into analytics, being an accountant myself, I like to analyze and explore opportunities that will lead to betterment of business functions.
6. I thrive to learn more, career opportunities are emerging based on technologies and innovations, thus having the knowledge makes us somewhat immune of what the future innovations can bring.
7. I’d love to have the balance of money and at times being passionate about what I do. As sometimes no matter how much we get, it will burnt us out if we are not doing what we love.
8. It taught me to be adaptable in times of change. To be resilient of what the future may bring.
9. Yes, i like to also have the time to unwind, go on vacation someone and explore other places and culture.
10. I lobe travelling, and I do sometimes want to be in a career path that somehow requires that.

posted by Cheryl


1.I like working in teams but I also enjoy working solo on tasks that require no distractions at all.
2. I started my career working at an office, still, in the last five years, I have been working 75%-100% remotely so I enjoy the 75% ratio. At the present, with COVID it feels safer working remotely.
3. I love travelling & learning new cultures when it will be safe, I look forward to relocating.
4.My studies were in a technological path so I love to keep up learning modern techs.
5. I think that being analytical doesn't mean it is not creative, such rule applies to the development. I would prefer 60% creative 40% analytical.
6.My qualifications lead me mostly to computer & information technology with expertise on media & customer services.
7.Money is a tool that if it is spent wisely, it can make life easier/faster.
8. To not repeating the same mistakes without at least learning something new every time.
9.I enjoy my work-life balance when it is flexible.
10.Music & Technology are my lifelong passions. But I am open to new hobbies that may be exciting & energetic in some way, you have to keep your passion ignited.

posted by Jo


1. I prefer working in a team. I always get inspired by other people and this adds a lot to the satisfaction I get out of my daily job. Although I am most of the time very independent, also within a team, I still prefer to be part of it than a sole position and work very individual.
2. I prefer to go to an office, as it is much easier for me to concentrate on the job. I can work remotely and given the current circumstances I will certainly do a number of days remote work when I would have a job. It is also depends on the type of work you have to do.
3. Relocation for my work would normally not be an issue, and I have done that before, but currently I have teenage children and they need to finish their school. So next 3 years I cannot relocate. On the other hand, travel for work is no issue at all and I can do easily, even if that would mean I would be away from home during the week or some days during the week
4. I feel comfortable working with modern technology but I am sure I am not up to date with the latest technology. I should need some classes to bring me back up to speed. I am also not very engaged in social media, which is quite essential for some jobs. But happy to learn and as I worked before in an IT job, I might pick up things rather quick.
5. I am not overly creative, so a completely creative job is not for me. But I am certainly creative and open minded in for example solution design, event management etc. I am very confident with numbers, budget etc. And also the application of these in the job.
6. From an education point of view I would go into international management, international trade, market research, but I have not used that for a long time. By experience I have gained more experience in project management and event management, optimizing my organizational skills.
7. Money is important to me, as it validates that you earn what you are responsible for. But it is not at all the most important thing to choose a job or not. If there is a reasonable pay for what I need to do, and the job is appealing to me, I will take the job. I will not let it pass because of money.
8. I loved jobs where I truly had an added value, where I personally could add something. Often these were roles where I was helping customers (account management) or organizations (event management, project management) to improve something. I did not like jobs where I was contributing on a very high level (invisible) longer term goal. I am too practical for these jobs. For me I love to think about the strategy and contribute on the brainstorm and project plan, but I get the true satisfaction when I am also involved in the execution.
9. Work-life balance is very important to me. One cannot only work, you need to get rid of stress and you need to enjoy your life also privately, do sports in the evenings, go to the cinema, a restaurant with friends etc. I am fine to make long hours if it is on a project, but there should be a visible end to it.
10. What I am passionate about is to help people or companies. I can really enjoy to find a solution for a problem or a difficult situation a company is. Or if a company works in a very inefficient way, I love to have a look at it and help them out (I even have that with shops that have slow processes of paying etc). Secondly I like to work hard, have a lot on my plate. The less I have on my plate, the more difficult I find it to get out of bed. Looking to hobbies & passions I love food & cooking, eating healthy, be conscious about a healthy lifestyle, sustainability and ecology. I enjoy different cultures, heritage & art in the widest sense of the word, as well as travelling and tourism.

posted by Annemarie


1) Working in a team can be very much motivating because we compare our success to that of others, but it can also backfire because of competitive stress. However, in a team you can rely on others whilst working alone means the responsibility lies fully on you. So, there are pluses here and there. I would prefer a mix-match of both of them.
2) I believe that working out-of-home is more effective because you have to and can concentrate more on the tasks to be done. However a good dose of flexibility is very welcome because sometimes things can be done more quickly from home. So again, a combination of both methods, perhaps regulated by certain weekdays.
3) I have relocated in the past few years due to the job of my partner and his work is important for the whole family. So the answer is no.
4) I am comfortable with the technologies I already know. But it takes me an effort to learn the new ones. Once I have done it, I will use them regularly.
5) The regularities and routine makes me feel safe, but they also wear me out. So, from time to time a creative task will stir the standing water and open new routines. I like both kinds of work.
6) My qualifications lead me towards Youth Work, and translation work. But my soul tears me towards creative writing that I wish to learn more about.
7) Money motivates, but the idea or feeling of doing something useful gives wings. Money gives me freedom, but it also chains me because of obligation.
8) Foremost, I have learned more about myself and others with the help of all the more and less serious jobs, but the basics have always been the same: respect for others and yourself, mindfulness about what you are doing, and flexibility.
9) This is where I tend to fail. I want to keep worklife in balance with familylife and personal needs, but I seem to take work more seriously than the rest. It is good for the employer, but my priorities are thus emotionally dislocated.
10) Participating in sports is my number one passion. Besides playing/doing sports I also like to analyze it at the same time, observe differences in age and gender groups, detect issues of psychology, learn about the physical body, and anything else related to sports performance.
I am also addicted to world politics and I follow it on a daily basis.
And what also makes my heart beat faster is the nature arround us with its miraculous little details to breathe in and see and smell.

posted by Ilona


1. I prefer work in a team, because my own success is great but the success of our teamwork would make me proud of what I do every day.
2. I like working in a office, because there's a job environment where I can focus only on my work.
3. I'm ambitious, due to this my characteristic I think, I would like to get experience in working abroad. I find it's good decision for my career, want to have a wide range of opportunities, capabilities.
4. I try not to stay back from the development of modern technologies, that's why I know how to use some programmes and not stop learning another ones.
5. I would like to take both analytical and creative tasks, although I don't like numbers at all, regardless of the difficulties I'm always ready to do my best.
6. I'm good communicator, I want to get any jobs are related to cultural and social spheres. I like dealing with people who are open to share their cultural features and want to get to know about other countries and cultures.
7. Everyone needs money, but the most important thing is to do everything what you do with honour to make your goals, plans, dreams come true.
8. My past taught me to have my own goal and to go for it.
9. I literally want to get a job that drives me and makes me feel awesome, even if it's on a Monday morning, but also I need to have enough time for travelling to improve my language skills.
10. My passions are learning languages, reading and exercising. Recently I have started learning Spanish language. Also I'm passionate about communicating with people who are from another countries, discover more about their cultures.

Thank you for these questions, it was really interesting to answer. Everyone, have a good day!

posted by Zeynab


1. I prefer work in a team, because my own success is great but the success of our teamwork would make me proud of what I do every day.
2. I like working in a office, because there's a job environment where I can focus only on my work.
3. I'm ambitious, due to this my characteristic I think, I would like to get experience in working abroad. I find it's good decision for my career, want to have a wide range of opportunities, capabilities.
4. I try not to stay back from the development of modern technologies, that's why I know how to use some programmes and not stop learning another ones.
5. I would like to take both analytical and creative tasks, although I don't like numbers at all, regardless of the difficulties I'm always ready to do my best.
6. I'm good communicator, I want to get any jobs are related to cultural and social spheres. I like dealing with people who are open to share their cultural features and want to get to know about other countries and cultures.
7. Everyone needs money, but the most important thing is to do everything what you do with honour to make your goals, plans, dreams come true.
8. My past taught me to have my own goal and to go for it.
9. I literally want to get a job that drives me and makes me feel awesome, even if it's on a Monday morning, but also I need to have enough time for travelling to improve my language skills.
10. My passions are learning languages, reading and exercising. Recently I have started learning Spanish language. Also I'm passionate about communicating with people who are from another countries, discover more about their cultures.

Thank you for these questions, it was really interesting to answer. Everyone, have a good day!

posted by Zeynab



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