How to Find a Job That You'll Love

Posted October 01, 2015 by Morena McNally, Career Services Director & filed under Careers

find a job you'll loveSo many people spend years searching for a job that combines their skills and their interests. In order to find a job you'll love, that balance between those two factors is often key. However, there are usually limited opportunities for people to not only find a job that meets those criteria, but to also be able to secure that job. Whatever your passion is, you can find a career in it.

Before you quit your current job and decide to start pursing your dream there are a few considerations you'll need to make. One of the first things you should do is to educate yourself as much as possible on this career, the industry it's in, the job market, and the future expectations in that market. The more you know, the easier it will be for you to see, right off the bat, if this is going to be a viable career option for you.

While I'm sure many of us would love to throw caution to the wind and walk out of our office today, practicality is necessary. Among the more practical questions you'll need to ask yourself are; what's the pay? Is it salary or hourly? What are the benefits? What are the hours? What are the hours? How will this affect my quality of living? What sacrifices might I have to make while pursuing this dream? And, ultimately, with all this considered, you'll have to ask yourself; is it worth it? If you decide that it is, you might need to take a few more steps before you're ready to jump into this new career.

Often times switching to our dream career means going back to school. This brings a new list of problems, namely do I have the time and money to do this? Beyond this, you'll have to do your homework on which schools offer the best programs, tailored to the field you want to go into. If you're going to go to all this trouble, the last place you want to cut corners is in your education and training. Luckily many schools, like AMC, offer flexible programs and financial assistance to help people get their education with a relatively limited impact on their lifestyle and wallet.

The takeaways are: you need to do your homework and find the school and program that would work for you. Create a smart, specific goal about what are you looking for. Ask yourself: is this career path measurable? Is it attainable? Is the goal realistic? And most important timely or tangible can you achieve this goal and how long would it take. If you've done all these things and are able to confidently say that all signs are pointing you towards your dream career then take that next step. After all, you only live once, so why not spend that time doing what you love?

If you think a career in acupuncture, massage or holistic medicine might be one that you'll love, request a course catalog from AMC to see some of the courses and training we offer.

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