From a very early age, I remember being asked “what do you want to do when you grow up?” or I would be telling others “when I grow up, I want to be…” It was exciting to try on different professions! I think I was everything from a nurse all the way through to a millionaire!
Of course, the answers I gave changed as I got older, as I got further through education, and as I got a better understanding of the world out there.
As I went through school, I struggled with art, wasn’t really interested in history or geography, but really enjoyed music and languages.
I never would have guessed that I would have a career in human resources with a specialisation in leadership development and that I would become a career coach to help others find their happiness and fulfilment.
So if I asked you today “what do you want to do when you grow up?” what would be your answer? Are you in a job you love? Is there something else out there that might suit you better? Do you know what that job is?
Here’s a little exercise you can do to get you thinking. Start with getting out a blank sheet of paper or a notebook – please do this old school rather than digital!
- Write a list of your skills. What can you do?
- Write words that describe the kind of environment you want to work in.
- Write a list of the characteristics of the kind of people you want to be around.
- What inspires you?
- What do you enjoy doing?
You may begin to see some patterns emerge. Use it to inspire your further.