Difficult Final Question
Whether you have found your dream job/career, and whether it is an IT-related job matters not. You still need to consider the most difficult question every human being faces when looking for your place in the world of work.
When it comes to this very intense question, which has been around for centuries, it doesn't matter what your career sector, your age, your ethnicity, your gender, your economic strata, or your belief systems are.
What does matter is your response, your answer, and your feelings.
Many have asked this question over the centuries: theologians, therapists, philosophers, existentialists, parents, children, IT workers, recruiters, guidance counselors and others. Each asks it a bit differently.
Here are several iterations.
- What is my purpose?
- What is my call?
- What is my reason for being?
This is absolutely the toughest question you will ask yourself in your life and in your career search. Why? Because you have to do a self examination and no one else can answer this question for you.
The answer to this question can take years to unfold. But you don't have to put your career journey on hold until you answer it. You just have to keep considering it.
No matter what you believe, each of us has a perceived purpose in life. When you are looking for a career (when you are asked as a child what you want to be when you grow up) if you know what your purpose is, what your call is, what your reason for being is, then finding the right career takes on a different light.
Then you are not just looking for a job to make a few dollars and pay the bills but you are also looking for a way to attain fulfillment as a person and as a professional.
It took me close to 30 years to come to grips with my call, my purpose, my reason for being. I was only able to answer the question last year—and I am 55 years old. I did not even think about this question during my first 25 years.
But because I was looking for a career change during the past year, I had to come face to face with this question even though I did everything I could to avoid it. Part of the issue was that no one coached me, as I am doing you, to consider it. I just lived life.
When I was sitting with a friend in August 2007 at a local hospital, the topic was brought up. And the answer came to me. And so did this Career Changer's Checklist series.
My answer is not your answer. My purpose is not yours. You have to look deep into yourself to come up with your answer. When you know the answer, you will know what career is the best fit for you. And together with the answers you have compiled from this series you will find a career that will be your best fit, your dream, and will fulfill you as a person and a professional.