Whether you’re a college student deciding on which course to pursue or a seasoned professional looking for a job or career change, it’s not uncommon to feel that you’re the only one struggling to find direction. Besides,it’s also incredibly frustrating.
While some individuals are quite clear on what they exactly need, fora majority of us, it’s not always that obvious.
If the question of what to do with your life and/or career has you stumped, take a minute to try this exercise using a Venn diagram. It is an exercise that could help you to zero-in on your passion that could become a career. It can help you identify your “area of destiny”.
Take a blank sheet of paper and a pencil, and draw three large circles that overlap in the center. Then devote each circle to one of the corresponding subjects:
Circle 1: Your skills
In the first circle, identify the skills or activities that you are uniquely good at.
Note down all work-related skills such as writing, research, working with numbers or identifying new trends. Then take some time to add some not-so-obvious skills you have, such as those involving communication or collaboration.
Make sure you are very specific in this circle.
Circle 2: What you enjoy doing
On this second circle, note down all the things you love doing — these should be those activities that make you happy and give you the most pleasure.
Think broadly for this circle and be sure to write down activities that have nothing to do with your area of study or your job.
For example, if you realy enjoy traveling, reading or playing tennis, write them down. These hobbies can help you discover what experiences you truly enjoy, such as being in a fast-paced environment, working with others or being able to meet different people regularly.
Circle 3: Areas of economic opportunity
Now that you have what you’re good at and what you enjoy, in the third circle, you should identify and note down areas of economic growth or opportunity that have interest to you. This are areas that are demanded in the market as well.
Where these three circles all converge or overlap is your “area of destiny.”
To fill this circle – “area of destiny”, check out data on the most promising industries for high-paying, high-growth careers.
If you’re interested in a particular job, research the skills it requires and whether there are a high number of job listings for that type of role. This way, you’ll be able to match your skills to industries that are actively looking for workers.
Now make the exercise a reality by doing it and see the outcome which you can practically pursue.