Am I really in the right career – or am I treading water?

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Written by Faizan Patankar

This is a question that most of us ask ourselves at some point in our lives – sometimes more than once! It is an important question, however, because for many of us, our career dominates our life. We spend the majority of our time at work, so if we feel unhappy or unfulfilled in what we are doing or the path we have chosen to take, then that can be distressing and difficult for us. Making a U-turn or a fresh start and changing your career completely can be very daunting,

Gone are the days when people stayed in one job or career for their entire lives. We are now in a climate where it is normal for us to hop from one job to the other, and adapt and change our careers, and our expectations, as and when we need to. It’s certainly no longer indicative of‘failure’ or a negative thing to have swapped jobs or careers more than once over the course of your working life, and in fact, this only adds to your experience in the eyes of many employers.

Am I really on the right path?

Some would say if you are asking the question, then it clearly indicates some disquiet surrounding where you currently are in your career. Although sometimes, however contented we are, we still ask ourselves the question “is there more?” In a ‘grass is greener’ society we are always encouraged to seek for more, strive for better – but actually, you may be doing very well and need to stay on this path to achieve your bigger goals, except you are perhaps becoming bored or can’t see what you have already achieved because you are so focused on the next step.

Alternatively, this may not be the right career for you. Maybe your gut is telling you something and you should listen to your intuition and look for something different.

So what can you do to check whether you are on the right path or not?

Write a list of pros and cons

Making a visual list of the good and bad elements of what you are doing now (and a new career, if you have one in mind) is a great way to see more clearly the advantages and disadvantages of changing. There may be things that crop up that you simply hadn’t considered, but which may be a deal breaker for you either way.

Ask yourself questions

‘If this was the last day of my life, is this what I would be doing?’ – A poignant question for which most of us the answer would be ‘no’. Of course, we need to work to earn money. But that work should be fulfilling and if the answer is ‘no’ then it may be time to reconsider your current path.

Consult a psychic

A psychic can connect with you on a spiritual level and give you advice as to whether you are on your chosen path, and what steps you may like to take to get you to where you want and need to be. Psychic guidance can be comforting and offer us solid support in making a firm decision on the direction we’d like our career to take.

Following the advice above will help you to see if your career is really all that you wanted, and if not, will help you decide on what you really want to do so that you can really get started on a career path that will suit you long term.

Post Credit – Derek Acorah’s Psychic Ether, providing online psychic reading experiences as personalised as though provided traditionally face to face.

About the author

Faizan Patankar

I started Career Geek Blog in 2011 to share my experience in job-hunting. I now focus on careers industry and blogging is just a tool to share that info. Love hacking careers. During the day I focus on my hobby - Engineering.