When you first graduate from college, your primary focus is getting your foot in the door and some work experience under your belt – just as it should be! But as you grow your resume, it’s important to start examining the positions you’re taking and the industry you’re working in to make sure if it’s really right for you. Just like in dating, sometimes you have to see what’s out there and try different things to get a sense of what you really want.
So how can you tell? You know it’s the right career if …
You Wake Up Before Your Alarm
If you find yourself waking up before your alarm, ready to get to work and tackle the day, that’s a good sign that you’re on the right career path. If, on the other hand, you find yourself stressed about work, unable to sleep, and groggy in the morning, you might want to rethink your career direction.
You Feel Energized at the End of the Day
When you’re in a career that’s a good match for you, you’ll feel energized and motivated by the work you do. Sure, you might be tired after a long day, but you shouldn’t feel completely drained or depleted. (If you do, that could be a hint that you’re burning out.)
You Get Lost in Your Work
Have you ever been working on something so engrossing that you sit down at your desk, only to glance up at the clock and realize two or three hours have passed? That means you’re in a career or position that’s engaging all of your brainpower and talents.
You Love to Talk About Your Work
If you’re completely passionate about your work, you’ll love to talk about it with family and friends … almost to the point that they want you to stop. So try to keep it in check, but also realize your exuberance is a sign that you’ve found your calling.
It’s Not Just The Company
Of course you want to work at a company with a great purpose, an awesome leadership team, and a method for recognizing and developing employees. But you want to be careful that what you love about your job isn’t just the organization, it’s what you’re doing in the organization. If you can see yourself doing your job anywhere no matter what the circumstances, that’s another way to tell if you’ve found the right career.
It can take awhile to find the right career fit, and most professionals will tell you that they tried on many different title and hats before it finally happened to them. Hang in there, be patient, and above all else, listen to your gut—once you’re in the right position, you’ll know it.