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Determining if your career is what you’re meant to do

Naomi de la Torre is freelance writer and stay-at-home-mom with two delightful boys, ages three and six. Naomi has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, is a self-proclaimed salsa diva, and can make a killer octopus ...

Find the right career path

Feeling stuck in your career? We can help! Find out whether you are on the right career path and learn how to find a career that matches your interests, passions and skills.

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It’s not uncommon to find yourself five, 10 or even 15 years into a career only to discover that you aren’t truly happy. Whether you are bored, frustrated, depressed or simply mismatched with your career, it’s important to remember that these feelings can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Taking the leap to finding a new career can be a challenge, but it’s worth it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get up each day and feel excited to go to work?

If you need a little help determining if your career is what you’re meant to do, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve. Ready to get started?

Are you happy?

What’s the first and most important litmus test in finding out if your career is right for you? Your happiness. Ask yourself one simple question: "Am I happy going to work each day?" If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, it’s likely that you are barking up the wrong tree. The average person spends more than one-third of their life at work. If you aren’t feeling the love now, it’s unlikely that things will change over time. Career happiness is a realistic goal! You just need to know where to begin. Which brings us to…

Discover your passions

Finding a career that maximizes your potential as a human being requires that you get in touch with your passions. Sure, you might be a terrific computer programmer, but if you are so bored and uninspired that you can barely muster the energy to get out of bed each morning, you will need to dig deeper to find a career that is both financially rewarding and inspiring. Spend some time thinking about the things in your life that make your heart race, and brainstorm with someone you trust about careers that relate to your passions and interests.

Take a career test

Still feeling stuck? A free career test like this one at Career Path is a great way to help you discover fields of work that match your skills and passions. Are you good with your hands? Do you have an eye for design? Are you a creative thinker? Career assessment testing can help you put the puzzle pieces together and find a career that makes the most of your potential.

Visit with a life coach

Another great way to get some expert career counseling advice is to meet with a life coach. Life coaches are skilled at helping people identify what they really want and brainstorming solutions on how to get there. You can get help identifying achievable goals and determining how to break those goals down into manageable steps. Learn to trust your own intuition and find the career that will bring you life satisfaction and happiness.

Expert Tip

Online networking is another great way to test out the waters of a new career. Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn can be excellent resources for making new connections and learning more about potential careers that interest you.

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