What Do You Want To Do?

By Kristy Amburgey

what-do-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-upI am sure we have all been asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I have heard seasoned professionals, somewhat joking, ask themselves this same question.

Before starting a job search and before making any career changes, you, even as a seasoned professional, need to ask one very important question: what do you want to do?

Stepping into these ventures, like a new job or taking classes, takes time, money and effort on your part. To ensure you invest wisely in a new endeavor, carefully evaluate what it is you want to do and achieve.

Only when you honestly answer this question and devote the time it takes to obtain your goals can you start to work on creating a satisfying professional life.

Although you may not set professional satisfaction and happiness as top priorities in your life, you need to understand the difference between a successful career search and a successful job search. For a successful career search, you understand the types of responsibilities and goals you want to achieve in your work life, and you find a job that meets those goals. A successful job search means that you were offered a job and accepted it on terms upon which both you and the company agreed. Having a job does bring a certain amount of satisfaction like having an income, which can result in immediate happiness. But do your current short-term successes leave you feeling professionally wanting more? This questioning of your current situation may mean that you need to take a step back and evaluate what you truly want to do in your life and take the bold stand to do it.

Now, that common childhood question, “What do you want to do?” is a way that you can gauge your professional goals. If you are doing what gives you professional fulfillment, you hopefully have your answer to the question. If you envision yourself finding satisfaction and happiness in another situation, you want to find a better professional fit.

Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for over 10 years.

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