A Career Changer's Checklist - 12 Common-Sense Questions to Find Your Career: What Do You Like to Do? (Pleasure and Passion!)
What Don't You Like to Do?
Just as important as identifying what you like to do is identifying what you don't like to do. How many folks do you know who are working in jobs that they hate? I know a bunch. Some who are in IT jobs with good employers. But they are doing something they hate to do.
So remember that you want to be happy, doing what you like while making a good living. You need to list what you don't like to do as well as what you like to do to get a complete picture and potentially not fall into a pothole.
Here are some examples from my career search of what I don't like to do:
- I don't like to engage in office politics. It is too egocentric and a waste of time.
- I don't like to compete in the workplace for attention because it distracts what I perceive that I am there for. I am not looking to earn points by making nice with a boss.
- I do not like programming or learning foreign languages from a book. I don't know why, I just don't
- I don't like to talk down to others or in a condescending tone or be talked down to or spoken to in a condescending tone. This by itself in many employment environments makes me a lousy boss.
- I can't take a job where there is an inordinate amount of travel by plane or I will be miserable. I hate to fly.
Now it is your turn. Make a laundry list of what you don't like to do. And then compare what you like to do with what you don't like to do.
Any hints? Don't ignore this process. You will learn a lot by writing it down.