It can be frustrating sometimes, when those around you seem to have a clear and instinctive idea of the direction they are headed in life. Often this is a result of them having a particular talent, and devoting their time and efforts into turning that into a career.
Do you not have an obvious talent? Without understanding your strengths and interests, it can be incredibly difficult to find a job which will not only interest you in the long term, but also allow you to reach your full potential.
How then to figure out what these strengths and interests are? A lot this process is incredibly personal, however there are some tips that we can provide to help you figure this out.
What did you enjoy when you were little?
Often our interests as children can provide an insight into what we would enjoy as adults. Were you competitive? This is something which could have been seen either in your schoolwork or perhaps through sport.
Looking at what sports you were interested in can also be helpful in determining inclinations in terms of working dynamics. Did you prefer team sports, or were you more interested in individual disciplines?
Perhaps you were even entrepreneurial. A great example of this is found on school buses; many have someone who creates a business for themselves by selling sweets to the other students.
What activities do you like to do in your spare time?
It’s surprising just how easily these things can be overlooked. Our interests have a habit of becoming a part of our lives, even if we don’t realise that it’s happening.
Do you find yourself spending hours perfecting your photos with editing apps and software for Instagram? Or perhaps you spend your evenings reading about nutrition, and trying out new healthy recipes.
The professional world is becoming an incredibly diverse place, and there are more ways than ever before to incorporate interests such as these into your work life.
What do you enjoy most when you’re at work?
Perhaps you already have a job, however you know that it isn’t going to be the right fit for you in the long term. Are there any aspects of the job that you really enjoy?
Think about things like any face-to-face time with clients, or whether you prefer working in an office to the independence of working remotely. You might even envy the role of someone else in your office.
This idea can also be applied to your education, too. If you were at university for example, when did you enjoy your studies the most? Some people perform much better in study groups, while others prefer isolation to help them focus. Also make sure that you give a thought to any societies that you were a part of, and the picture of what your passions are should start becoming a little clearer.
Try different things out!
With so many different career options available, one of the most important things you can do is to try different things out. Work experience is incredibly valuable, and can quite quickly open up entirely new areas for you. For example, how would you know if you were a particularly talented salesperson if you never tried it out?
The value of experience is something which we truly believe in, and so we’ve created a platform through which you can try out careers to see what works for you.
There’s a whole world of different careers out there. Sign up to Talent Trending, and we’ll help you find a role where your talents can really shine.