Day 3 - 10 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself

 

30 day challenge 10 questions you need to ask yourself

 

Self-reflection is a key part of the job search - but all too often it is ignored

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. Day 2 should've given you some ideas of how your career path or job search could be altered slightly (or massively!) to open doors to new opportunities. 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?

As we discussed on Day 2, this question is important if you are looking to expand your horizons. 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, as discussed in Day 2, 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. 

 

4. Do you feel confident 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 tomorrow, 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 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 backward. 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 sharing key hints and tips to boost your employability, featuring some easy to learn skills that will give your CV a boost and help you prepare for working life... 

 

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 1.I would like to have a job that involve both working individually and in team but more individually. 2.At this moment I will work anywhere in Europe ,I need a change. 3.I will relocate after I find a job 4.Everybody should be updated with the new technologies no matter what. 5.It is good to change and try working something new but I have a lot of experience at job a do and I will want to work on same field and maybe learn something new. 6.My education qualification can open a lot of new paths but in my country is difficult. 7.Everybody works for money but that's not the case with me cause my carrier is more important. 8.I've learn that i should never underestimate my self and to stay focused on the job a do. 9.Balance is everything, I will say that family and work are very important and everyone should find balance between work and family. 10.I love to travel, exploring and learn new things to do.

posted 8 hours ago by Zlatko

What great questions to help give direction! I haven't finished replying to all of them, but I really wanted to express my gratitude. So, thank you =)

posted 1 day ago by Elissa

I would like to have a job that involve both working individually and in team. In this phase of my life I'd rather work form home, but if the office is not far away I wouldn't mind going to work. In this moment I'd rather not relocate, this might change in the future. Yes, I'm always uptodate with new tech. I'm more confortable in an analytics task, however a perfect job would include both analytic and creative tasks. I think my qualifications can open many paths, but the chances were I'm based are very limited. Money is important for me because I don't like to be underpayed. My past taught me that I should always believe in myself and not settle for less than what I deserve. My goal in this moment is to find the right work-life balance, it's very important for me right now. Traveling and wxploring new places,cultures, people. Photography and music.

posted 1 day ago by Giulia

1.i would appreciate working as a team. 2. I would like to work in an office. 3. Searching a job after my relocation itself. 4. Ya I feel we should keep ourselves updated with the upcoming technology. 5. I feel working for new and creative things are more exciting instead of doing a routine work. 6. Education qualification builds a base for us. It is not limited to and we should try to excel in it. 7. Money is important for me, but I also feel that it should not compromise the work and career. 8. Always stay updated and focused on our work. 9. Ya there should be a balance between the two. Both work and family are important for me. 10. Exploring new things, places. I love adventures.

posted 2 days ago by Neelam

1- I prefer work in a team, together we are more creative. 2- I like to work in an Office, it's important to have a place that is a place to work and another one to rest. 3- Yes please, I'm looking for an exciting job abroad 4- Yes, totally 5- I prefer creative task. 6- Social Media marketing, campaign planning and Creating content for Brazil and Latin america. 7- It's important but it's not all. 8- My past taught that we need to keep focus and studying a lot, be prepared for new challenges. 9- Yes, it is, but as marketing professional I know there are high and low in everything 10- I enjoy learn languages, running, watch series and movies and travelling.

posted 3 days ago by Emmanuel

1. Yes I love teamwork,it opens venue to learn from others.2. office enviroment is my thing..3.relocation is good it opens new environment is refreshing. 4. I love morden technology as it helps to learn new strategies of making work easier. 5.analytical and creativity gives one a favourable approach to any presenting matter as work gets exiting. 6. Direction my qualifications is towards my desire, this helps practice making the experience better. 7. Money makes working life worth in hand with my Heath, family and achievements. 8.my past experience gave me strength in the today's dynamic situation and growth in self discipline without losing focus. 9. Work and life balance makes time eazy. As equilibrium is easily attained. 10. I enjoy teaching English and Literature, teaching and training Ict , working in related discipline to deal with improving lives towards set objectives.

posted 3 days ago by Domitilah

1. Yes I love teamwork,it opens venue to learn from others.2. office enviroment is my thing..3.relocation is good it opens new environment is refreshing. 4. I love morden technology as it helps to learn new strategies of making work easier. 5.analytical and creativity gives one a favourable approach to any presenting matter as work gets exiting. 6. Direction my qualifications is towards my desire, this helps practice making the experience better. 7. Money makes working life worth in hand with my Heath, family and achievements. 8.my past experience gave me strength in the today's dynamic situation and growth in self discipline without losing focus. 9. Work and life balance makes time eazy. As equilibrium is easily attained. 10. I enjoy teaching English and Literature, teaching and training Ict , working in related discipline to deal with improving lives towards set objectives.

posted 3 days ago by Domitilah

Yes I like to work in a team..2)I like to work in remotely ....3)yes since long I m relocate so I can ...4)yes I fell confident .....5)yes analytical and creative.....6)my qualification and educational are not the le-all and end all of my capabilities...7)yes money is most important for me and my family for happy ... To fulfull besic needs ...8)I have many failure and i have many struggles which teach me more and make me stronger now I believe every success come after struggle.......9)yes really it's balance me.....10)watching movie, learn more,playing football,take too more people...

posted 3 days ago by Suman

Yes I like to work in a team..2)I like to work in remotely ....3)yes since long I m relocate so I can ...4)yes I fell confident .....5)yes analytical and creative.....6)my qualification and educational are not the le-all and end all of my capabilities...7)yes money is most important for me and my family for happy ... To fulfull besic needs ...8)I have many failure and i have many struggles which teach me more and make me stronger now I believe every success come after struggle.......9)yes really it's balance me.....10)watching movie, learn more,playing football,take too more people...

posted 3 days ago by Suman

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posted 4 days ago by El mostafa