Download our free Resume Ebook

Asked by Tomi on April 20, 2015

What should I do to figure out what is best for me career wise?

Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on April 22, 2015

The first thing to do is ask yourself what you are passionate about and what you really like to do that will also pay you a salary to meet your financial needs.  If the answer is "I don't know" there are a lot of different (and free) tools that you can use to help you narrow down the scope.  If you have not taken a personality match for a career or just a pure career aptitude test before those can help.  I would also suggest speaking with trusted friends and family to ask them what they think you are good at and where they've seen you excelling to help give you some additional data points.  The best suggesting I can give you however is to find something that makes you happy to do instead of what just pays the bills.  There are jobs everywhere that will just pay you money, if you want to find a career you need to find something that does not feel like work when you do it.

Was this answer helpful?

Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on April 23, 2015

There are several assessment tools which can provide career suggestions which you can research online. If you are enrolled in a college/university, one of the best resources is going to be your career services department. Another resource is http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/register.aspx . Hope these ideas help you get started!

Was this answer helpful?

Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on April 24, 2015

There are many assessments and other tools that can help you understand the jobs for which you have the best aptitude.  Although these can be helpful, the best career advice that I ever received was to do something that you enjoy or is associated with something that you enjoy.  In today's ultra-connected world, it becomes very difficult to ever truly get away from your job.  Unlike in the past where once you walk out of the work place you were out of pocket, today we have smart devices and global partners which extend the time that you are connected to your job well beyond 5:00 pm.  Therefore, because we spend so much time working or thinking about work, if you can do something that you truly enjoy, it makes it feel less like work and more like you are making a difference.

Was this answer helpful?

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on April 30, 2015

This is a great question, and it is one that people should perhaps ask themselves throughout their careers.  Other responders to your question have already spent time talking about aptitude tests and following what makes you happy.  I don't disagree, but I do think there is more to consider. 

When you are thinking about what you love to do, what you are passionate about, what doesn't feel like work to you...perhaps also consider that you may not find a job where you exclusively do those things you are most excited about.  I love being a recruiter, but I would not say every aspect of my job is a daily exercise in my greatest passions!  But, I get to author job descriptions that play into my passion for writing, I get to present my ideas and best practices to all sorts of people and that plays into my passion for performance, I get to help people find a job they truly need, which points directly at my true love of serving people who have a need.  I'll be honest and tell you I could live without paper work, data entry and having to tell people no sometimes.  But that little bit of salt will never take away from the fact that I have seen some of my dreams come to life in an unexpected way. 

If you are just starting out in your career search, there will likely be many twists and turns before you land on the right thing for you.  Enjoy the ride!

Was this answer helpful?

Answered by Christianna, Hiring Expert at BNY Mellon, on September 8, 2017

A lot of job seekers struggle with defining their career aspirations; however, you need not be able to articulate an exact title or even an exact industry. Rather, a career aspiration is a path that you’d like your career to follow. In many cases, this can be to become an expert in a certain field, or even to consistently improve your professional skills to advance within a company. Evaluate where you wish to see yourself in 5, 10 years, then set your career objectives around it.

Was this answer helpful?