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I seem to have fallen into most of the jobs I have had and although I enjoy my full time and casual roles I don’t feel that fulfilled with either. I’m wondering how others know or knew what they wanted to do with there life?


Posted by jenniw, 13th July 2015


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  • No idea! Over fifty and retired due to medical issues, I’ve never had a career. Like you, I just fell into jobs all my life


  • I pictured what sort of environment I wanted to be in and worked out my career based on that.


  • I love working with the public and you find yourself doing jobs you will be happy in!


  • Perhaps start by working out what kind of environment you’d like to work in eg. office, outdoor, hospital, retail etc and that might help to narrow down an answer.


  • I struggled to figure it out but looked at what I was good at which was math and problem solving so also kind of fell into computer programming but that then opened the door for other areas within that sector that I do and enjoy


  • When I was made redundant after a very long job , I was recommended to see a tafe counsellor. It was the best thing as they help you with the resume, suggest courses if needed and give you lots of practical advice . They also do a career test to see what are your strength and weaknesses are. In saying that I am currently volunteering to gain new skills in a different industry and is very rewarding . Perhaps do that in conjunction with your paid work and see how you go .


  • Ask yourself what you really like to do and see if a career matches those likes. I thought I would like to be a welfare officer/social worker in a prison, ended up I was too soft and taken advantage of.


  • I have just fallen into the too, never really used my degree. And have no idea what I want to do


  • Yes I believe changing direction can be good for growth too.


  • Be prepared to go back to school when your older, more mature as I thought I was only a C average student until I worked out my passion & then everyone in the class told me I was the smartest as I always wanted to get 100%. I loved it & wanted to get everything right, but I didn’t know that until I was 28, not 18!


  • Changing direction can be good for growth.


  • Im 28 and still haven’t figure out what i want to do. Its so frustrating, i worked in long day care before having children and to be honest while i have 3 young boys at home theres no way i have the patience for it any more. Maybe when they are all 10 and over but thats still another 9 years away lol!!!
    I mean id love to be an archeologist or a historian or a treasure hunter. Hahaha but realistically none of those are achievable for me.


  • Go towards your passions. They are your calling in life.


  • I worked it out by what I enjoyed at uni, in terms of part time jobs and extra curricular activities. Finding what I did and didn’t enjoy about various things helped me identify jobs I’d like.


  • I should have added that I’m not unhappy in my career or life but I just feel that there is something else for me out there but it seems like its always just out of reach.


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