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The economy added fewer jobs than expected during September, which economists see as another sign that the rebound from the recessing could be slowing. Many job seekers are pivoting industries and job functions, but it raises a question—how do I know if this job is right for me? To answer that question, we share a recent story from our blog.

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Hello friends, it’s time to LevelUp your career. The economy added fewer jobs than expected during September, which economists see as another sign that the rebound from the recessing could be slowing.

The Labor Department reported Friday that payrolls increased by 661,000, which was below the 800,000 estimate that economists polled by Dow Jones had expected. The unemployment rate currently sits at 7.9%.  

Professional and business services, which encompasses a wide variety of experts from engineers and architects to consultants and lawyers, added 89,000 jobs. Architects and engineers added about 13,000 jobs while computer system designers gained 11,700.

“These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it,” the government said in a release.

“In September, notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, in retail trade, in health care and social assistance, and in professional and business services,” the Labor Department added. “Employment in government declined over the month, mainly in state and local government education.”

Jack Kelly, a Forbes Sr. Contributor, writes that Agism is forcing 

older workers out of the job market. According to research from the University of Chicago, “the pandemic has derailed the finances and careers of individuals of all ages” and  wreaked havoc on older people—particularly those who are 50 years of age and older. 

Jack stated that, “An uncomfortable amount of the 45-and-over crowd have been forced to take jobs at the Home Depot or take on gig-economy-type roles, just to pay the bills and get health insurance. A large percentage have just given up on the job hunt and called it a day.”

Jack and I recently hosted a discussion about Overcoming Bias: Handling Age, Appearance, and Gender discrimination exclusively for Vyten Plus and Pro members. If you couldn’t make it, you can still watch the on-demand video on our website at vyten.com.

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How do I know what job is right for me?

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It’s a question just about everyone faces at some point. No matter what stage of career you’re in, it’s normal to question whether you’re on the right path and to want to find out which job is right for you.

Advice varies greatly; many people believe you should follow your passion, some focus on salary, and others pay attention to job market demand for certain skills and professions, to ensure employability. It’s important to find a job you enjoy and are good at, but how to do so can be very difficult. Nobody can tell you exactly which career path to pursue, but thankfully there are a few steps you can take towards discovering what’s right for you.

How do I choose a career path?

Discover your passions, skills, and values

Explore your passions, skills, and values and use them to generate ideas. Finding the balance between each of these factors can help to determine which career path you might enjoy.

Passion & interests

Starting with your personal interests and passions can be a really good way to generate some ideas about what you might like to do and how you enjoy spending your time. There are skills involved in every activity, so think broadly about what skills and tasks you enjoy most within your passions and interests.

Think about what it is about those tasks that you like most and research jobs that demand those skills. Looking at the industries and leading companies that your hobbies and interests sit within can also help to generate ideas about possible careers to pursue that combine passions with work.

For example, if you enjoy painting, chances are you’re fairly well aware of the top brands when it comes to painting equipment and supplies. What sort of jobs are involved in the development and production of these products? Could you see yourself working in product training for one of your favorite brands?

It could be time for a career move or to take a career test to see where else in the job market your personality type or desired career choice would fit.

Technical skills

Consider any technical skills you’ve developed over your lifetime so far. Have you done any short courses or tertiary training? Perhaps you’re a bedroom music producer and you’ve taught yourself the ins and outs of some top music software. Or maybe you’ve incidentally built up a wealth of financial literacy due to working alongside an accountant in a previous job. Make a list of all the technical skills you’ve built up and think about what kinds of jobs or professions require similar skills in the job market.

Similarly, think about whether there’s a skill you’ve always wanted to develop, or something you’ve had an aptitude for but never trained in. By building skills and retraining, you can expose yourself to careers that require those skills.

A career aptitude test is a great tool. Career tests allow you to match your personality type with a job title. A personality test is another great tool for this. Like a career test or career quiz, they can aid in deciding on a career move. Careers tests provide job titles, personality assessments, and advise you on your career move.

Soft skills

Soft skills include things like interpersonal skills, communication skills, creativity, and emotional and social intelligence. Although often overlooked, soft skills can be of huge importance in certain jobs or professions, and tend to be more difficult to learn than “hard” or technical skills.

Are you a good listener? Do you have a natural ability to lead and influence others? Are you good at problem solving or lateral thinking? All of these are examples of soft skills, and can help to inform what kind of professional tasks and activities you might enjoy or excel at. If you know that you have strong empathy, perhaps you’d enjoy a career or job title that involves counseling or training.

Values

Your values will often inform what sort of work environment you’d enjoy most, and what sort of companies or industries you would be willing to work for. If you value financial independence above all, then you’re not likely to enjoy working in a career that doesn’t typically pay high salaries. If you value freedom and flexibility, you may look at a career that allows you to manage your own time, or that allows you to travel or work remotely.

Explore job listings

Browsing job search websites for job titles and listings, and reviewing their descriptions and qualification requirements can help you to generate ideas for career paths to choose.

After taking a career aptitude test or other test for careers, you may have already decided on a career move. Now you just need the right online resources to browse job titles and find something that fits. Use the internet to your advantage.

How do I figure out what job will make me happy?

Discovering what will make you happy is never a straightforward task, and oftentimes you won’t be able to predict it.

Tests

Taking career aptitude tests, career quizzes and personality tests can give you a sense of what sorts of jobs people similar to you find fulfilling. There are plenty of free careers and personality tests available online.

It’s important to remember that these tests can’t predict what job will make you happy, but they can help you to narrow down some ideas and make decisions based on your skills, aptitudes, values and personality type.

Factors other than the job itself

Before a career move, consider what factors of a job would make you happy or unhappy, aside from the job itself. How important are your coworkers to your happiness? Is career progression a key factor in what motivates you? Sometimes you can have your dream job, but a work environment that makes you unhappy. It’s good to realize that there are other factors at play, and be aware that you might be happiest when working in a job that you never saw yourself doing, just because the company is the perfect fit.

Gain volunteer experience

One great way to help you in the process of making a career choice is to pursue a volunteer opportunity in an area of interest. By engaging in volunteer work, you can discover a new career path, learn what areas of a business you enjoy, gain relevant experience to help you land a job, and figure out what kind of work environment most appeals to you.

How do I know what job is right for me?

Trust the process

In many cases, discovering what feels right will take some trial and error. Test careers to see what job title or position you like best. Sometimes the best way to know what career is the right one for you is simply by giving it a go.

If you’re deciding between a few different career paths to follow, you can deliberate all you want, but you’ll come to a point where you just need to dive in. It may feel like a risk to choose one path at the expense of another, but it’s normal for people to have various jobs throughout their career. There’s no harm in trying one thing, realizing it’s not the right career and choosing to pursue a new path later. The experience you gain along the way will never go to waste.

Alright my friends, it’s Sunday, October 4th, and that’s what’s happening today.

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