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How to figure out what your next career should be


Denita Austin is a talented author, speaker, empowerment coach and yogini from Washington, D.C. While this defines what she does, the real experience with Denita is not truly appreciated until you are in her presence to experience who s...

Ask yourself three questions before making your next career move

It has always been a struggle for me to choose a career and to really understand what I actually wanted to do with my time. Some of us are ashamed to share this, but it’s all about being honest with yourself.

Growing up with such a huge imagination was such a challenge. A career path — or at least an idea of it — was something you were supposed to know as a teenager, and if you didn’t, you should know the answer at least by 21. The challenge with this was trying to really understand what I was good at. What was it that I really wanted to do? And asking myself, would I be able to make a career of it?

We actually place more pressure on ourselves than we think. It’s easy to blame it on society, but technically speaking, it’s us who create the stress. What do I mean by this statement? I’ve heard it several times before: Society says I should have this or that by this age. It honestly doesn’t matter how old you are and where you are in your life. There are plenty of people who have changed careers several times and they are at the top of their game. I’m here to encourage you to not be afraid and jump out there, whether you are just starting out or changing just because you want a change. If our lives were the same, this world would be a little boring don’t you think?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when choosing a career path:

  1. What is it that I enjoy doing?
  2. What makes my face light up every single time I speak about it?
  3. After speaking to my friends and family, what am I good at?

We move so fast in our lives that we don’t take the time to get to know ourselves, which is extremely important. Don’t choose a career path simply because it sounds great or you happen to see someone being great at it and think that it would be a perfect fit for you. It’s not that simple. We all have unique gifts and talents, and it’s your responsibility to find out what works for you and your personality.

Instead of choosing just anything, don’t be afraid of trial and error. This has been my best teacher in life. For you to get a good understanding of any industry, why not try it out. It’s best to get your own experience rather than settling on one thing or following someone else’s dream. Now, of course, I’m not saying jump out there and dip your toe in every single thing, but instead, narrow it down to your top three.

Also keep in mind that although we are good at a lot of things, we are not great at all of them. Choose wisely and base your decision on what makes you happy at the end of the day.

Author, Entrepreneur and Yoga Coach

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