Whether you’re a fresh-faced graduate or 5 years deep into a job that you realise you hate, it’s never too late to change course when it comes to careers. For years, you might have had an idea of the job you were going to pursue but you’re now reconsidering your options. That’s a good thing; it means you’re not going to settle for second best. And you shouldn’t. You’re never trapped in a job and you’re free to move onto new opportunities all the time, but you should be searching for that ultimate career you want to pursue for years or decades. That’s when you know you’ve found a job that truly motivates you. At the end of the day, you want to progress through companies and job positions to secure a better-paying and more mentally-rewarding role.
The most important factor to consider when choosing your future career (or a new career if you’ve been previously unhappy in a certain role) is happiness. Your career needs to be fulfilling or gratifying in some sense. Otherwise, you’ll struggle to ever progress; you need motivation to really pursue a career fully. And if you feel that you’ve hit a dead-end in your job-hunt then it might be time to start thinking outside the box. Here are some thrilling ideas for fulfilling careers that you might want to consider. We’re going to talk about different personality traits and academic interests in order to pinpoint the type of career that would be perfect for you.
Education is one of the most important public sectors in existence. If you’ve never been interested in the business world and preferred the idea of a career that directly helps people then teaching might just be the line of work for you. It allows you to shape the minds of young people to help them succeed in life. It’s a highly-rewarding role for people who love to counsel and help others. Of course, it only suits those with an interest in some academic area too. If there was always a subject you loved at school (or one you pursued at university) then you could consider getting teaching qualifications to actually teach that subject at school. And, as we’ve said before, you need to be prepared to control a classroom of children who can often be rowdy or disruptive. Actually teaching a subject is only one part of working as a teacher.
Of course, if you want to educate others but not in the high-pressure environment of a busy school then you could consider other options such as private tutoring. Acting as a sort of freelancer, you could teach people from your own home or drive out to their houses. It’s a much more freeing way to pursue a career in education. And you can teach people of all ages to keep things varied. Of course, you have to be willing to put in the work necessary to market your “business” and get your name out there. At the end of the day, as we mentioned in the introduction, personality is only one half of the equation. You know you want to teach people but the way in which you do that depends on whether you have an entrepreneurial mindset.
The healthcare industry is a highly rewarding one. If you’re passionate about the idea of caring for others but weren’t too fond of the idea of teaching them then perhaps a role in a medical field is something that would be better suited to you. The fantastic thing about healthcare is that there’s such a wide variety of roles available in such a wide variety of fields. You could check out sites such as www.staffnurse.com to browse through some of the nursing jobs available on the market. Of course, there’s a chance that becoming a nurse, doctor, or a surgeon in the classic hospital environment isn’t an idea that appeals to you.
Perhaps you could consider medical fields dealing in mental healthcare. You could help patients with their emotions and mental struggles rather than dealing with physical accidents and emergencies on a hospital floor. There are many other ways to care for people than by curing their bodily diseases or injuries. The mind is something that can become sick too. You could look into careers as a therapist or a mental health nurse if you think you’d rather enter that field. Again, for any of these roles, you’d need to gain some sort of qualification as well.
Careers that involve travelling for a living are incredibly thrilling and fulfilling careers. There’s nothing like seeing the world and getting paid for it. That sounds like a pipe dream, surely? Well, there are plenty of viable careers that could allow you to travel. For example, you could travel the world by becoming a cabin crew member on a plane or a crew member on a cruise ship. Both of these roles are steady careers and allow you to travel constantly from place to place. Better still, you’ll be part of a family of other colleagues who share your love for travel (or they should if they’re travelling all the time).
Of course, there are many other rewarding ways to travel too. Not every travel-based career has to be purely self-gratifying; many careers abroad can be gratifying in the sense that you help others. As mentioned over at www.jobzoo.co.uk, you could consider a career as a charity worker in order to travel the world. Whilst it wouldn’t be a typical holiday in the sense that you’d be relaxing on a sun lounger by the sea, it would be an enriching and fulfilling travel experience. You could meet people who struggle on a daily basis and don’t have a life like yours. It could be an eye-opening experience that gives your career new depths. Again, it all comes back to a combination of your personality and interests. You might know you want to travel for your work but the type of work you do on your travels depends on your academic mindset.