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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
When you start building a career or being an adult in general, what they don’t tell you is that it can be overwhelming. Unless you’re already certain of your path, you will get swept through the notions.
Starting off at my previous job filled me with excitement as I knew that I had so much to learn and that I was getting paid well. I was secured with the thought that my salary covered my expenses.
After a year, however, I no longer felt thrilled nor happy. Then, came the pandemic, wildfires, and other unfortunate events. With these things happening in our world, the question of life’s purpose has grown more apparent. There was also a stronger sense of awareness about how brief life can be and the desire to do something fulfilling.
Furthermore, I was torn by the fact that I didn’t want to pursue the profession. But at the same time, I also had no clue what I should do next.
Despite this, I mustered up the courage to quit when we were asked to get back to the office. You might think that’s impractical especially with the pandemic. Even so, what I considered most was my safety and avoiding the virus.
I started searching for online jobs. Got scheduled for interviews. Failed a lot. Then, eventually landed a part-time job. I was certainly grateful but still, something was lacking.
As there were a lot of downtimes, I was constantly left alone with my thoughts. Since I still haven’t figured out what I wanted to do, I would beat myself up for leaving my previous job. This was definitely counter-productive as it only made me feel drained and demotivated.
Lying awake one night, I was reminded of the 16Personalities test. Upon completing the test, they’ll gauge which personality type you belong to. I did the test a few months back but never really made anything of the results. So I decided to take it again and got the same personality type which is Mediator INFP-T.
Reading the interpretation of my personality had a greater impact than before. It helped me get a better understanding of the possible reasons behind my actions. More importantly, it made me realize that I needed to know myself better in order to determine my passion and my purpose.
Practicing Interview Questions
I also noticed that in my first few interviews, I felt uneasy with answering questions about myself. With practice, I grew confident as I became familiar with who I was and what I wanted to achieve.
Here are some usual questions to start with:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your goals?
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- What do you do outside of work?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Meditation is encouraged for self-awareness as it lets us slow down and evaluate our thoughts without judgment. It also helps with concentration, memory, and lessening anxiety. I’m still developing the habit by trying at least 5 minutes a day.
Starting a Journal
Keeping a journal can also be useful as it allows us to collect data about ourselves. By having these details, we can backtrack our experiences, organize our thoughts, and discover possible improvements.
Learning new skills
By trying out different skills, I found which tasks I liked more than the others. I always enjoyed designing, but I didn’t see it as something that I would do as a profession. Now that I had the time, I was able to rediscover my interest through digital design and content creation.
Finally, I found something that I relish and don’t mind doing for the succeeding years. With continuous practice, I’m hoping that I will make a successful career off of it too.
“Finding your passion isn’t just about careers and money. It’s about finding your authentic self. The one you’ve buried beneath other people’s needs.”
— Kristen Hannah
With our fast-paced lives and all the social media platforms, it’s easy to forget who we are or to perceive ourselves as what others think of us. Please know that in identifying our authentic selves, there’s a sense of happiness, comfort, and inner peace, allowing us to carve a path towards discerning our passion and life’s purpose.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
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