You spend most of your life at work. If you’re going to devote all your time and energy to a job, it may as well be one you love. If you don’t answer yes to this question, maybe it’s time to start considering other options.

Here are some tips to help you decide what to do, and how to make your career dreams a reality.

1. Which job is perfect for me?

The dream for most of us is to have a job, which doesn’t actually feel like work. If you love what you do, you’ll find that days fly by. You’re not sat there waiting for 5 pm to come around.

You don’t mind doing the odd bit of overtime. You actually enjoy going to work sometimes. Of course, all of us have moments when we’d rather curl up on the sofa and have a duvet day.

But if your job leaves you feeling unfulfilled or you actively dread going to work every day, this isn’t healthy. You may be working for the next 30, 40 or even 50 years. So find something you love.

These days, it’s often possible to turn hobbies and passions into a profitable career.

  • Do you love taking photos or writing stories?
  • Are you an avid gamer or a fashion aficionado?

If so, why not turn an interest into a job. Start your own blog or set up your own business. Go freelance rather than working for somebody else. Explore your options, and do your research.

If you have no idea what you want to do, try some taster sessions and investigate work experience placements. You’ll gain an insight into day to day life, and this will help you decide if it’s something you’d like to pursue.

2. How to get a new job?

If you have a job in mind, find out what you need to succeed. Do you have the relevant qualifications?

Are your grades good enough? Do you need experience to apply for a post?

Do some research online and contact appropriate firms and agencies. If you don’t have the necessary qualifications, consider applying for a college course. You could study part-time while you work. Alternatively, you could consider an option like doing an Associate of Arts Degree online.

If you fit the criteria, look out for job vacancies, and make some calls about entry-level opportunities. Internships are an excellent way to get your foot in the door. When you’re applying for jobs or placements, make sure your resume is up to scratch. It should be punchy and succinct.

Don’t ramble on for pages. Prospective employers will only spend a few seconds looking through each section.

If you get an interview, prepare thoroughly. Dress smartly, be confident and take your time when answering questions. Always arrive on time.

If you don’t love your job, it may be time to find one you do. Think about taking a new career path. Move firm, set up your own business or retrain for a completely different job. Polish your resume, gain some experience and be confident in your abilities. Good luck!

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