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Where Do I Belong? How To Figure Out Which Career Is Right For You

Gail Kasper, Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker


According to a survey of baby boomers conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people held 11 different jobs, on average, between the ages of 18 and 44. So if you find yourself wondering where you belong and trying to figure out the best career for you, know that you’re not alone. People switch jobs for many reasons. If you’re one of them, it might be because you have unexpectedly found yourself in the job market or you seek something better, different, more fulfilling. 


Regardless of whether you’re fresh out of college, you’ve been with the same company for thirty years, or you change jobs every two years, figuring out where you really belong is a worthwhile endeavor. Start by asking yourself these important questions:


1.What’s my passion? When you feel a sense of joy and excitement over what you’re doing, that’s your passion. Discovering what you’re passionate about will point you to the right career choices. If you gravitate toward a career because of the income potential and job availability, but you have no interest in the field whatsoever, then you won’t stay long. Boredom alone will force you to switch careers eventually. Figure out what your passion is, and then seek out jobs that relate to your passion in some way.


2.What are my skills and talents? A careful, thorough assessment of all your skills, talents, and abilities will reveal the many areas you’re good at, even the fields where you can excel. Take the time to determine where your strengths lie; write them down. You can use your strengths as keywords on a career-related Internet search to find jobs that are right for you. 


3.What gives me a sense of meaning? Let’s face it – you spend a great deal of time at work. Why not plug into a career that holds meaning for you? When you feel that there’s a sense of purpose attached to your job, you’ll do it more willingly, putting greater energy and enthusiasm into the daily tasks that are expected of you. 


You might find a journal to be helpful in your career quest. Pick up an inexpensive notebook and write “Career Journal” in big, bold letters on the cover. This will serve as your thought pad, your roadmap, and your guiding light whenever you feel stuck. Keeping a log of all tasks you enjoy doing, likes and dislikes, along with your career-related ideas and findings will make it much easier to figure out where, exactly, you belong, narrowing down the right career choices for you. 


About Gail Kasper: Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, in the middle of bankruptcy, with no money in the bank. Today, Gail is one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, a television host, advice columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008, and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development-Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly. The current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC, FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award-winning America's TVJobNetwork.


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