7 Ways to Try on a New Career Before Deciding on It

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Are you unhappy with your career but afraid to make a change because you’re not sure you’ll like it? You may have an idea about what you’d like to do next, but how do you know it’s the right choice? 

We all want to be happy and fulfilled at work. We want something that utilizes skills we like using and feels meaningful to us. 

The Law of attraction tells us that to create what we want; we need to be in vibrational alignment. We must feel excited by the idea. An excellent way to get into vibrational alignment with what you want is by “acting as if” you already have what you want. You need to be able to imagine already having it and how that feels. But how do you know what that new direction will feel? 

Here are some tips on how to “try on” what you think you want to do before taking the plunge. 

1. Take Classes 

There are lots of e-courses available online. There are also YouTube videos on a variety of subjects. Try out what looks interesting to you and see what feels like a fit. You could develop a lot of new skills! And delving into some training can help you sort out what you love and find exciting and what you do not like. 

2. Take a personality inventory, such as Myers-Briggs 

These tests help you get in touch with your personality preferences. People with the same personality type usually have similar job and career preferences. Once you know your type, you can look online for careers with your personality type. (Ex: Google “Careers for INFPs”) Suggestions are in a variety of fields. 

3. Do informational interviews 

Request an interview with people in fields that interest you. Prepare your questions in advance to respect their time and get the most out of the call or meeting. You might ask about the schooling required, what they do and do not like about their jobs, what the industry is like, opportunities for advancement, and so forth. Some people may even let you shadow them for a day. (Once the pandemic is over.) Make sure you thank them with an actual physical card mailed to them and do what you can to repay the favor. You can search on LinkedIn or Google to find people to contact. 

4. Explore your values 

Are you in touch with your top five values? Whether you want to work for yourself or someone else, your values and the company’s values need to be aligned. If what you are doing for a career does not match your values, that is toxic for you. If you are not sure what your top values are, you can find core values lists online and decide which come closest to the values you hold. Try for about 25 deals. Then, group similar values into five groups and determine what they all represent. Those will be your top five values. 

5. What’s your preferred work environment? 

Do you like being outdoors? Indoors? In a quiet work environment or a fast-paced one? Do you prefer working solo, or do you enjoy collaborating in a team? Not sure? Try volunteering or taking on a side job that lets you experience something different from your current job. 

6. Use the contrast to get clarity 

Contrast is all the stuff you do not like or want. By making a list of everything you do not like about your current situation (and even past ones), you can then go back and ask yourself, if I do not want that, then what do I want? Make a new list of the clarity you have just gotten by flipping the things in your contrast list to what you want. Then, put all your attention on the clarity list. You can even take the clarity list and create a story of already being in that situation.  

How does that feel? 

Now, you can “act as if” you already have what you want! 
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AUTHOR: Estra Roell 

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