Friday, February 19, 2010

In my last post, I offered you a lot of questions to ask yourself about your career goals and the steps you can take toward those goals. Based on some responses for more information, I'm going to break down these questions into more detail. Maybe you should start a journal?

Keep in mind though - life changes! Our minds, our bodies, our circumstances - everything or anything can change by the time you're 30 years old or older (if you can imagine that)! Life is usually a lot different than we imagined when we're in high school daydreaming about our great escape during math class.

But for now, when you think about what you want to do for a living, consider the questions listed in this post. Don't get frustrated if your answers don't correspond with what your career goal(s) are, because sometimes you just need to shift your thinking (as I mentioned in the last post when I referred to the example about playing ball vs. coaching ball vs. writing a book about ball).

- Do you want to work inside or outside? A little of both?
- Do want variety in your day to day job?
- Do you want to work in an office setting?
- Do you want to work in or near the water - or work doing something in regards to the water? (Ocean, lake, river?)
- What type of weather do you want to wake up to every day?
- What country, state or city do you want to live in?
- Do you want to travel for work?

- Do you want to work with any specific type of people? (Kids, elderly, people with disabilities, etc.)
- Do you want to work with animals?
- Do you like to be around a lot of people, few people, no people...or animals only?

- Do you want the benefits of a government job? Military job? Corporate job?
- Do you have to be your own boss?
- Do you feel you have to work your way up any organization to be the boss, or are you happier being led by a leader or supervisor?

- Do you want to work with machines? Some ideas are: equipment, transportation, computers, heavy equipment, factory equipment, farm equipment, lab equipment, astrology equipment...this could go on for pages.

- Do you want to learn a second language to open your job possibilities?
- Do you want to work to save the environment?
- Do you want to work with numbers? literature? art? music?

I could do this all day, so for now you can review this list. If you are interested, each of these questions can be broken down into even more questions. You can cross-reference this list first and see what things can go together. For example, you can work with computers doing things for the environment, specifically the ocean, while also traveling between offices in multiple countries where you use the languages you became fluent in.

See how that works? It's fun - give it a try.

Bye for now curious cats,



  1. Hi, nice blog I`ve added myself as a follower

  2. Thank you very much!

    If you decide to follow the advice in my blog suggestions and you'd like to share it with me, I'd be happy to help coach you through the thought processes and decision making skills.

    I'm also looking for any feedback to document regarding this blog. I would use it when I launch Learning Life as an actual company. So any feedback (positive or not) is much appreciated!

    Thank you for your support!

  3. The questions that are listed are very broad. I found it helpful. Since I am now unemployed it is time for a life change. This gave me a little push in a different direction. Keep it up Wendy! I think you are on to something...