If you are suffering from career confusion, the first thing to do is to stop, and consider your situation and options. There is no need to make any impulsive decisions, or get too stressed about it. If you have started to feel the confusion about your career, then a rational reaction and good decision making, can help solve this confusion!
Career confusion can arise for a number of different reasons; you may be going through a rough patch, or simply having doubts about the direction you are taking. Alternatively, you may enjoy the direction, but find your particular job unfulfilling, or your doubts may be well founded and be the reason to make a change! Knowing what your career confusion stems from, makes all the difference in knowing how to react to it.
Some introspection, and healthy consideration of what is causing the confusion and what you really want, in order to be happy can help you to turn the problem around. You should also consider talking to our career counselors for expert advice.
Stop! And Consider…
- Do you like what you do? If the answer to this question is a big fat NO, then should you really be trying to make a career out of it? A new direction might be needed.
- Are you doing a job for the right reasons? There are many reasons why people take a particular career path, but there is one reason that always leads to a happy and fruitful career; doing something you believe in, love and thrive off of. Other reasons could include money, recommendations or pressure from teachers or parents. These motives can usually be the cause of career confusion.
- Is there any room for progress or improvement? You may realize half way down the line that there isn’t much opportunity for progress in the career path you chose, as you first imagined. The feeling that you may not be able to gain any ground, or improve your own skills and personality, can cause serious doubts. And maybe, it should!
- Can you envision yourself doing this work for the next 10 years? A career, by definition, is a job role or industry that you want to learn and grow in, in the long run. Confusion could arise if you realize that the job was only ever a short term option for you, and that you don’t actually want to do this work for the rest of your life! The ideal career, is one that you can imagine yourself doing many years down the line.
Different Role, Same Industry?
You may find yourself in a situation where you are not happy with your job, or your terms of employment, or the people you work with. In other words, the specific conditions in which you are working are making you unhappy, rather than your choice of direction for your career. You may, for example, work as an engineer, and enjoy engineering, but come to despise the actual company, or your time at work. In this case, it is important to make this distinction, and not be tempted to abandon your career direction because of a bad experience with one employer. Look for a change within your industry.
It’s Never Too Late To Make A Change!
Sometimes, when you have walked so far down a road, you don’t feel like turning back. You feel committed to your direction, even if you see an alternative route. Though it may seem like a huge effort, you should know that, if you are not happy with your profession, it is never too late to make a career change. Speak to our expert career counseling team for advice on how you can make this change.