Oct 11, 2006

Identify your passion

Today, it's very common for people to change their careers as many as four to seven times in a lifetime.

The reasons for changing careers vary from displeasure with initial choices and boredom to new values and dreams for yourself or even the desire to make more money.

When you look for a new job, ask yourself, "What are my strengths?" And when answering that question, it's important to get beyond the basics -- You want to ask yourself: "What am I really good at?" "What do I love doing?" "What excites me?"

Those could be cues for a potential career path.

Sometimes it's easier to figure out what you want by seeing what other people have. There are a few easy ways to do that:

Talk to other people about what they do, which can open your eyes to a myriad of possibilities.

Window shop at career fairs..

Scan the "Help Wanted" section of the newspaper.

Passion for a particular industry counts for a lot. Don't settle for any old job; be sure you're seeking a position with the potential for forging a lasting and fulfilling career.

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