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Picking a Career for yourself (Things you need to know)

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Life hasn't and will never be the way we want it to be, therefore, whatsoever we want to do or become must be worked out manually by nobody else but ourselves.

I have been trying to figure out ways to come up with a career for myself until i tried this method which has being amazing all the long i have come so far.
Now, i want to share this piece of experience and view with those who may want to know or who must have being wondering about as i used to....

Picking a Career is not really easy and also not too hard. Discovering what you really want to do with your life isn't an easy task for anyone, nor is it something that you can really create a step-by-step guide for. That said, when you're not really sure what you want to do, whether it's a career, a lifestyle, or anything else, a few different exercises might help you pinpoint what it is you truly want. Here are four ways to try to pinpoint what you want from your future.

Think About Where You'll Be in Five Years

The "where do you see yourself in five years?" question riddles everything from job interviews to financial plans, and while it seems cliché, it’s common for a reason: it works. It's one of those annoyingly difficult questions to answer, and in most cases it's pretty much impossible to answer in a concrete way. Thankfully, that's okay, and sometimes just trying to answer the question is all you need.
Considering how common of advice it is, the idea of seeing into the future and picturing where you'll be in five years is a heck of a lot harder to do than you'd think. Plus, the chances you'll actually end up where you see yourself is pretty slim.
The thing that you feel like you really want to do is the thing to pursue. You will not end up there, and that reminds me of  my quote "Sometimes we die to live". It is better to act like you are death sometimes, allow things flow even when you don't like it that way, so you can live to rearrange them later.
I remember being 19 and meeting a girlfriend's mom, and she asks me, "What are your going to be doing in five years?" And I named something I thought I'd do. She listened to me give this long explanation, and she said, "You're not going to be doing any of that. You have no idea what you'll be doing in five years. You'll be doing something really cool, but it's not something you can imagine right now." It's one of the greatest things that anyone gave me. She was totally right. Every five years it's the same. I can never imagine where I ended up from where I started.

Write Your Personal Manifesto.

The idea of a personal manifesto might sound a little silly on the surface. The idea is that if you can figure out where you stand on certain ideas, you might be able to flesh out a possible career or lifestyle path. Silly or not, the idea of a personal manifesto is implemented by everyone from Google to Frank Lloyd Wright. The point, as The Art of Manliness says, is to give yourself a call to action to define how you want to do things. It's easy to write your own manifesto, and while you don't have to do it in a specific way, The Art of Manliness has a few suggestions for getting started:
  • Pick your topics: Pick a few topics to concentrate on, and make them as specific as you can. Ideas like, "The hours I want to work," or "How I want to commute" are great for narrowing in on what kind of work you might be interested in.
  • Set down your principles: Write down your beliefs and intentions. It probably sounds a little over-the-top, but if you've never really written down and thought about your morals or beliefs then this is a good time to do so.
  • Use strong, affirmative language: It's easy to write a manifesto with words like "I want" or "I should" but that's not helping you. Write it out with affirmative language like, "I will," or use the present tense with "I am."
The main purpose of the personal manifesto is to really figure out what you care about, how you perceive yourself, and how you want to act moving forward. It's not always a key to figuring out exactly what you want to do with your life, but it's a great starting point for at least figuring out how you want to go about those goals. Grab a pen, some paper, and get to writing out what you believe.

Volunteer or Shadow Someone in a Job You're Interested In.

One of the reasons that figuring out what we want to do is so terrifying is because we tend to overcommit. Want to maybe write that book? Go to grad school! Thinking about being a lawyer? Apply for law school! When you up the ante on plans, they get real serious, real fast, and it's hard to make a decision with that kind of pressure. So, don't overcommit to an idea. Instead, take a couple days to try on the lifestyle. To do this, you can try volunteering or shadowing someone at their job

While students and recent graduates have long embraced job shadowing, Crawford, author of Flying Solo: Career Transition Tips for Singles, says everyone should consider job shadowing, especially in this economy. "You have to be more assertive than ever with your career, and asking for the opportunity to shadow someone is a way to not only learn what that job is like, but to expand your network as well," she says.
Crawford, who is based in Atlanta, notes that certain industries lend themselves well to job shadowing, including medicine and law. However, you can usually plan a job shadow for any kind of job. Your college's career center, alumni association or your local chamber of commerce can all be instrumental in helping to arrange a job shadow if your immediate network doesn't yield any possibilities.
Obviously job shadowing is tailored to college students, but it's possible for anyone to give it a try, especially if you're willing to work a day or two for free in the industry. To actually shadow someone, you're best bet is to call up a company and set up and appointment to do so. You might need to go through a few options before you land a place that'll let you come in, but offering to work for free during your time is certainly a way to perk the company's ears up.

Dig Into Those Side Projects

Never Listen to anyone when you have finally made up your mind to pick a particular thing to do, advises may be considered but definitely not things that will draw you back to starting again.

Sometimes, the best way to really figure out what you want to do with yourself is good old trial and error. In a lot of cases, this just means trying out various side projects you're interested in with all the free time you have.
These side projects are all kinds of things. They might be as simple as finding a hobby you enjoy, or as far-reaching as testing out different industries that you might consider looking for a career in. As writer Scott Young describes it, it's all about being curious, and side projects are a great way to do that.
In the end, figuring out your passion, your career path, your life purpose—whatever you want to call it—isn't an easy process and no magic bullet exists for doing it. The fact is, you need to think about it, and to do so you might need to push yourself through some mental hurdles until you figure out exactly what is you've been looking for. The above tips are just a few of the many ways to do so.

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