A career is optional for some of us but for most of us, it is a necessity. We may be looking for a change or just some extra income, but if we are going to work, we can choose a job path that fits us best.
In this section, we will look at some career advice and what type of job is right for you whether you want to or have to work. You always have choices and we’ll look at them.
First, we have to identify who you are and what is a good fit for you.
Don’t forget to write all this career advice down.
What makes you, you?
Let’s ask the question, “if you were to be all you could be, then what would that look like?”
There is a great site called despair.com (don’t go there now) that has taken those cheesy motivational posters we often see in businesses and with a huge dose of sarcasm reworked them. On one is a picture of a package of fast-food french fries. Underneath it says, “Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up.” Ouch and haha. But it is true.
We tell our kids that they can be anything they want but in reality, they can’t. We can only be what our greatest potential will allow. I don’t think I could even begin to comprehend the higher math required to be a rocket scientist (like my niece) but a scientist may not comprehend the intuitive gifts required to excel in my field.
We should tell our kids that they can be anything within God’s design for them. That brings great freedom. You only need to be concerned with how God has designed you and how He can work through your life. No competition with anyone else, just learning to be the best me. Cool.
First steps to finding your design
Think about your attributes:
The answers to these questions have a great influence on the best fit of career for you.
For example, if you are an introvert, then having to work in a busy, people-filled environment for eight hours will be very draining. If you are an extrovert sitting alone in a cubicle will drive you crazy. If you are wired to dream of what could be and inspire others with your dreams then being assigned tasks to complete will not be fulfilling.
Finding the right career has a lot to do with your personality attributes as well as your abilities.
More about you
Stop and think of what you like to do, what you are good at, or what you could be good at with some instruction or opportunity.
What are you passionate about? What gets you going? What do you love? What makes you angry? Where is your heart tugged or repelled?
Think of your mental, physical, social, and emotional abilities and limitations. What would you really like to do with all that you are?
Now, have a brainstorm. Isn’t that a great term? Allow your brain to put together all the things you wrote about your design, your passions, your gifts, and your abilities. No critiquing, just writing. You can go back later and filter out what won’t work. For now, just write what could be. Enlist help on this one if you have a willing partner around.
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It is ten years from today and you are all that you can become, what are you doing, where are you, who have you become? Don’t hold back, don’t limit yourself but still be realistic. If you aren’t good at math, for example, there is a good chance that becoming a theoretical physicist is not in your future.
Think of what you could do that best fits how God has designed you.
Sit with Christ and look through what you’ve written, what you’ve dreamed, and how He has designed you. What is He telling you about a career path? Where do you feel peace or excitement? If you are stuck then He is the person to be stuck with. Just trust that He will help you find your path.
Goals will get you there
After you have really spent time praying, thinking, imagining, and dreaming of becoming all that God has designed you to be, it is time to get some goals in order.
Maybe you aren’t sure yet. Your goal then will be to pick up a couple of books that focus on finding your best career. A classic is “What Color is Your Parachute?” Read through it and ask the Lord to help you in the process.
If you have a career in mind, then your goal is to find out how to get to it. Do you need further education? Do you need to rework your resume and get it out the door? What steps will you take to get to your goal?
What will I be doing ten years from now? What do I need to be doing five years from now, one year from now, six months from now, and today to get there? These are your goals.
Write out your goals and take them step by step, one day at a time always with the long-term plan in mind.
Glorify God by being you
Since God has specifically designed you than living out that design would please Him. A career is just one way that we live out who we are but it is a significant way.
At work we can show Christ –
Find your best career because it can be the number one place where you serve God and show Him to the world.
“I work with individuals to actually find themselves in Christ and have their lives truly function well in Him. Often I am serving those most hurt by the world – those who have experienced severe trauma and abuse and helping them to find complete healing from the pain and the memories.
I have seen the Lord heal hundreds. Nothing has been too difficult for Him.”